Thinking critically about “the evidence”

As a medical librarian, I spend a lot of time with reports of the evidence — studies, guidelines, systematic reviews — upon which evidence-based practice stands.

Recent postings in Dr. Marya Zilberberg’s Healthcare, etc. highlight the need for critical analysis of “evidence-based guidelines” and the studies from which they are built, particularly as the guidelines become the basis for current practice, reimbursement, and our judgment of what constitutes “good medicine.”


Michigan Health Go Local – Needs Your Input!

Dear colleagues,

Michigan Health Go Local (MHGL) is committed to serving the consumer health information needs of Michigan’s residents. Even though National Library of Medicine is withdrawing technical support to the MHGL website/database, we want to continue providing reliable local health services information for all Michigan communities, as we look into alternative hosting options and collaborative partners who share that mission.

Please visit the MGHL Blog and give us your feedback via the short survey.

Thanks for your support.

Linda Draper
Project Director, Michigan Health Go Local

FDA Social Media hearings

Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Michigan is posting a series of reports on the November FDA public forum intended to inform FDA’s development of guidelines for their use of social media  (FDASM).  Her posts include commentary as well as links to videos and documents.

Why do we care?  As she says,

The FDA guidelines will very likely shape non-health guidelines for social media and may very well impact on health communications in broader spheres, especially that of information professionals, health advocates, and potentially the general public. Please see for more information on how you can contribute to the dialog.

While the FDA posted two 8-hour videos of the hearings, some of the material has been broken down into more manageable pieces as individual speakers have uploaded their bits to YouTube.  A playlist of these videos (for those who can get to YouTube) has been posted at UM Health Sciences Libraries blog: FDA Social Media Forum Videos: Thought Leaders & Opinions.  The playlist can also be found at The first video in the playlists includes an interview explaining the FDA’s interest in using social media to communicate with the public, referencing the peanut product recall that occurred earlier this year.

Check out Emerging Technology Librarian’s posts on FDASM:

Public Health tip

Member Maureen W.  sends this cautionary link as we plan our holiday travel.

Think before you use your hotel drinking glass: