I worked in many hospitals and none of them had libraries (if we define a library as a physical place with physical books) - I also do not agree that the lack of libraries in hospitals has an impact on the quality of care - the lack of knowledge has an impact on the quality of care for sure and nowadays, the knowledge is no longer confined in libraries - before the internet, when the only access to medical information was through books and reviews, it made sense but not anymore. The focus should now be on:
- Continued medical education of health care providers
- Access to the knowledge (mostly available online now)
A librarian or library in each hospital is a luxury; however, training of health care workers on researching online resources is a most. That is why we at the PAMJ provide such training as part of our services to researchers and health professionals (https://services.thepamj.org/).
HIFA profile: Raoul Kamadjeu is a physician, co-founder and managing editor of the Pan African Medical Journal. He is driven in all his projects by a simple motto: Start small, but think big..! He got his doctorate in Medicine in Cameroon and completed his MPH in Belgium (ULB). He experienced the broad spectrum of public health practice, from the district in Cameroon to international arenas with the the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He worked with CDC from 2004 to 2006 as Public Health Informatics Fellow and from 2007 to 2014 as medical epidemiologist. His expertise spans across fields as varied as epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, communication, computer programming and project management. Raoul is a research junky and a keen supporter of the Open Access movement in science. He thinks Africa as a major beneficiary of OA should also become a major contributor. raoul.kamadjeu AT gmail.com