Information Resources pursues a two-armed research strategy. As well as supporting academic research projects within ScHARR and the Trent Institute, information staff undertake their own health information research. Information Resources research activities therefore encompass both health services research and health information research.
Recent examples include:
- A systematic review of clinical librarianship
- A systematic review of the health information needs of visually impaired people
Health Services Research
Health Services Research is essentially a multidisciplinary team-based activity. Typically a member of Information Resources staff will work in a small team contributing both information retrieval skills and methodology input. This has led to co-authorship on a large number of systematic reviews and evidence syntheses together with involvement in developments in review methodology. Such interdisciplinary work is typically in response to calls from national funding bodies and has previously involved such funders as the NHS Health Technology Assessment and NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Programmes.
Health Information Research
Health Information Research is typically pursued under the auspices of the Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR) a cross-university collaboration involving, among others, the Schools of Health and Related Research and Nursing and the Departent of Information Studies. Such collaborative work is typically opportunistic and has previously involved such funders as the National Assembly of Wales and the British Library.