Identifying the potential for a comprehensive literature review service at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana
The number of systematic reviews and other types of reviews published worldwide to assist in clinical decisionmaking is increasing rapidly. A large number of these studies point to the need for expert searching as anopportunity for librarians to develop a literature review search service as a key medical library service. The aimsof the study are to analyse the review practices at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (systematic) and to identifythe potential for establishing a comprehensive literature review support service. A quantitative analysis of theInstitute’s 101 systematic reviews and 534 other review articles from 4 databases shows an increasing number ofpublished articles from 2000 onwards. An analysis of 45 surveys identifies a high need for and expectation fromlibrarians’ participation in the review process and in the research/clinical team.
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