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New Books, January 2017

The following books, which may be of interest to your area of work, are currently available in the HSE South East Library Service. If you can’t make it to the library in person, please phone (056) 7717080 or email us HERE, and we’ll try to arrange for the book to be sent to your work location. If you’re looking for a subject area or topic not covered in the list below, please email us HERE for assistance.

Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol: Effective Interventions in Social Work and Child Protection/ Donald Forrester and Judith Harwin

This book presents original research outlining the key elements in responding to parental misuse of drugs and alcohol. It offers a definition of misuse and addiction and the factors that influence the nature of misuse or addiction. It reviews extensively the nature and impact of parental substance misuse on children and families using the latest evidence and explores how research and theories might help inform professionals or non-professionals assessing families affected by parents who misuse drugs or alcohol.

The Way We Die Now/ Seamus O’Mahony

We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are unlikely to see even their family doctor in their final hours, robbed of their dignity and fed through a tube after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point of Seamus O’Mahony’s thoughtful, moving and unforgettable book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrities writing detailed memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve.

Routledge Handbook of Clinical Supervision: Fundamental International Themes/ John R. Cutcliffe, Kristiina Hyrkas , John Fowler

The Routledge Handbook of Clinical Supervision provides a global ‘state of the art’ overview of clinical supervision, presenting and examining the most comprehensive, robust empirical evidence upon which to base practice. This authoritative volume builds on a previous volume, Fundamental Themes in Clinical Supervision, whilst greatly expanding its coverage. It contains nine updated and 25 entirely new chapters, focusing on both areas of contemporary interest and hitherto under-examined issues.

Transforming Healthcare: Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience/ Charles Kenney and Virginia Mason Clinic

Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience takes you on the journey of Virginia Mason Medical Center’s pursuit of the perfect patient experience through the application of lean principles, tools, and methodology. The results speak for themselves, including, an innovative patient safety alert system, reduction in professional liability insurance expenses, foundational changes that make it possible for nurses to spend 90% of their time with patients, a computerized module that sorts through electronic medical charts.

The Mindful Nurse/ Carmel Sheridan

This easy-to-follow book offers a new skill set to cope with the challenges of nursing and sustain compassion in the long term. Backed by scientific evidence, the book teaches mindfulness and compassion practices to lessen stress, enhance relationships, improve patient care, and reduce patient risk. With a new understanding of everyday mindfulness and compassion, nurses can overcome the myriad contemporary challenges inherent in the workplace and in their own lives.

Clinical Query Worksheet

We’ve created a Clinical Query Worksheet – available in the Helpsheets, Tutorials, Documents panel opposite – which should be of assistance to you in: 1. formulating an answerable clinical question; and 2. tracking down best evidence. 

Our worksheet includes: roughwork space to construct a ‘PICO’ for your search; space to categorize your question type; a summary of the ‘Pyramid of Evidence’ and tips on where/how to source the various levels of evidence; links to and a summary toolkit from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) website.

For further information or assistance, please contact your local HSE South East library.

Clinical Queries Service

The Clinical Queries service is based on the first two steps of the University of Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) method: EBP Step 1 – Formulate an Answerable Question; EBP Step 2 – Track Down the Best Evidence.

How does it work? Firstly, send us your question by completing a simple online form at the Clinical Queries tab above. Alternatively, phone (056) 7784174 to let us know the details of your question, or email the library at The library will assign your query to one of the following question types: Intervention; Aetiology/Risk Factors; Diagnosis; Prognosis/Prediction; Frequency/Rate; Phenomena. We’ll analyse your query according to the “PICO” algorithm: Population/Problem; Intervention/Indicator; Comparator/Control; Outcome. We’ll conduct a detailed subject search on the most relevant primary database: MEDLINE for medical questions; CINAHL for questions related to nursing or allied health; PSYCINFO for questions related to mental health. We’ll conduct a secondary keyword search of other resources such as Cochrane, UpToDate, MD Consult, guidelines, etc., as appropriate. Finally, the library will collate a selection of relevant results and return to you with details of the search strategy used and resources searched.
To log a search with the service, go to the Clinical Queries tab above, phone (056) 7784174 or email us at Questions will be allocated to library staff in the order they are received; however, precedence will be given to questions directly related to patient care.

Disclaimer: it is not the intention of the Clinical Queries service to provide authoritative medical advice or practice guidelines, but to make available information that may assist in understanding clinical questions and/or contribute to evidence-based patient care. When using the Clinical Queries service, please remember that: search results provided may not constitute all that is available on a given subject or question; the inclusion of particular search results does not imply approval or recommendation by the library service; the library service does not provide medical advice or interpretation of information.

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Our library service provides you with access to a comprehensive range of evidence-based, up-to-date knowledge resources for the purposes of research into specific clinical questions, conditions or treatments (patient care); keeping up to date with developments in a specific area of the health sciences, or the professional literature of a given specialty (current awareness); and continuing professional education (CPD/CME). Our service is intended to ensure that point-of-care decisions are informed by best international evidence and that staff engaged in education or research have an available knowledge resource, and assistance when they need it. is developed and maintained by a team of librarians across the Health Service Executive. Contact your local HSE library for assistance on getting the most out of the resources available to you.

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