Literature searches reduce hospital length of stay

A case-control study by Banks et al (2007) has reported that literature searches guided by the librarians are an effective means to reduce hospital length of stay (LOS). In this study, a librarian participated in the case discussions (n=105) at the residents’ morning reports (MRs) and conducted literature searches. This activity resulted in a reduction of LOS compare to the time that the cases were not discussed at MRs (3 days vs. 5 days, P < 0.024).

Banks DE, Shi R, Timm DF, Christopher KA, Duggar DC, Comegys M, McLarty J. Decreased hospital length of stay associated with presentation of cases at morning report with librarian support. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA. 2007 Oct;95(4):381

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