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CLINICOS Introduction

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What is CLINICOS?

 

CLINICOS is an online interactive course on e-learning. It is being delivered by e-mail and web pages and has been comissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Anna Wilkinson, an Information Officer at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, is the Facilitator for this course. Course design and materials have been developed by a course team comprising: Andrew Booth (Programme Director), Lynda Ayiku (Learning Resource Co-ordinator-since left ScHARR), Anthea Sutton (Learning Resource Co-ordinator), and Diana Papaioannou (Learning Resource Co-ordinator).

CLINICOS is one of a set of three FOLIOz courses and follows the succesful pilot FOLIOz course InfoSkills.

 

Why is it important?

Library and information staff often find it difficult to make time to attend workshops and other continuing professional development events. At the same time developments in professional practice place a tremendous imperative for keeping up-to-date and acquiring additional skills. The FOLIOz Programme aims to provide easy access to learning materials with the convenience of flexible timing and learning styles.

 

What is the course aim?

This course aims to provide a broad knowledge of the clinical applications of information in modern healthcare organisations.

 

What are the course objectives?

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the application of information for diagnosis and prognosis
  • Discuss the application of information for treatment
  • Discuss the application of information for screening and prognosis
  • Discuss the application of information decision making

 

 

What does the course involve?

  1. The course will typically involve:
  2. Receiving approximately thirty email communications (usually one per day over six working weeks) via the Mailtalk discussion list
  3. Reading briefings & other materials (approximately one per week).
  4. Working on individual tasks/exercises (approximately once a week).
  5. Interaction with a “buddy group” in connection with tasks/exercises (approximately once a week).
  6. Compiling a portfolio recording the above for submission to the course team.
  7. Completion of a course evaluation form at the end of the course.

 

At the end of the course, participants fulfilling these minimum requirements will receive a certificate of attendance.

 

 

Who is eligible to participate?

The course is targeted health librarians but will also be useful for librarians working in other sectors.

 

Useful references

For more information about CLINICOS, see the following references: 

  • Greenhalgh, T. (2006) How to Read a Paper : the basics of evidence based medicine London: British Medical Journal Group (3rd ed.) ISBN: 1405139765.
  • Grubb, A. (1993) Choices and Decisions in Healthcare Chichester: Wiley.
  • Higgs, J. and Jones, M. (Eds.) (2000). Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Sackett, D., Strauss, S. (1998). Finding and applying evidence during clinical rounds: the "evidence cart." Journal of the American Medical Association 280: 1336-1338.

 

 

 

 

 

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