Monique Clar, Medical Librarian; Patrice Dupont, Librarian; Bibliotheque de la sante, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, PQ, Canada
Objectives: In April 2010, the Université de Montréal's Health Sciences Library implemented shared filters in its institutional PubMed account. Most of these filters were designed to highlight resources for evidence-based practice, such as Clinical Queries, Systematic Reviews, and Evidence-based Synopsis. We now want to measure how those filters are perceived and used by our users.
Methods: For one month, data were gathered through an online questionnaire proposed to users of Université de Montréal's PubMed account. A print version was also distributed to participants in information literacy workshops given by the health sciences librarians. Respondents were restricted to users affiliated to our university's faculties of medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, nursing, and pharmacy. Basic user information such as year or program of study or department affiliation was also collected. The questionnaire allowed users to identify the filters they use, assess the relevance of filters, and suggest new ones.
Results: Survey results showed that the shared filters of Université de Montréal's PubMed account were found useful by the majority of respondents. Filters allowing rapid access to secondary resources ranked among the most relevant (Reviews, Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines, and Clinical Evidence). For Clinical Study Queries, randomized controlled trial (therapy/narrow) was considered the most useful. Some new shared filters have been suggested by respondents. Finally, 18% of the respondents indicated that they did not quite understand the relevance of filters.
Conclusion: Based on the survey results, shared filters considered most useful will be kept, some will be enhanced, and others removed so that suggested ones could be added. The fact that some respondents did not well understand the relevance of filters could potentially be addressed through our PubMed workshops, through online library guides, or by renaming of some filters in a more meaningful way.