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1 Connecting bereavement support practitioners to reliable research evidence Sarah Hayman, Research Fellow (Evidence) Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director Associate Professor, Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference, March, 2014

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3 Information needs for bereavement practitioners Diffuse environment Small teams or sole practitioners Lack of ready access to databases and journals

4 Research, Evidence, Literature Research –Understanding, efficacy, implementation Evidence Use –Individual in clinical decision making –Service/Organisation for guidance –System for policy directions Published Literature –Key mechanism by which research is made available

5 Why evidence matters Informs direct care Guides decision making (policy and service) Helps assess value or options Provides a basis to disagree

6 Challenges in finding literature Search enables information retrieval Challenges in information retrieval –Information overload –Published? –In a bibliographic database? –Indexed, thesaurus? –Rights to access? –Specific interface –Skills of searcher

7 Easy to find? Characteristics of ideal search: Open access (no registration) Pre written (easy) One click (fast) Retrieves what we need and excludes what we don’t (accurate) /

8 From this … … to this - with simple clicks

9 PubMed Why PubMed? –Open access –Free to use –Hyperlinking (Able to create URLs) –Non indexed set –Choice of full text only

10 Why use a search filter? An “evidence based" search = known effectiveness Benefits –Saves time –Increases likelihood of quality retrievals –Removes individual search burden –Embeds technical expertise –Facilitates knowledge translation

11 Search Filter Methodology Scoping Study Expert Advisory Group Gold Standard Selection Term Identification Search Filter Post Hoc Relevance Assessment PubMed Translation

12 Bereavement Search Filter Project Overview –Partners: external advisory group –Part of CareSearch work program Performance –Recall in FVS: 81.16% –Post hoc relevance: 72.4%

13 Some technical challenges –Concept boundaries: Bereavement and Grief –Indicators of the difficulty of searching in this field –Solution: two search filters –Implications for the palliative care search filter

14 The filter in action …

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19 Create your own search

20 Conclusion New Bereavement Search Filter –Created by CareSearch and used on the website Benefits for clinicians –Topic searches are targeted to clinical practice –Searches are fast and easy to use (no need to be an expert searcher) –Searches are reliable –Searches are free and open access (no need for logon or paid subscription) –Barriers to using evidence in practice can be reduced

21 Currently in development … General Grief and Bereavement Search Filter –This will be available on the Flinders Filters site later in –Please register your interest with us if you would like to be informed when it is ready.

22 CareSearch would like to thank the many people who contribute their time and expertise to the project, including members of the National Advisory Group and the Knowledge Network Management Group. CareSearch is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.


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