Bridging the gap between research and practice: The development of a Digital Library of research syntheses

Julie Barroso, April Edlin, Margarete Sandelowski, Camille Lambe

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Abstract

This article describes the development of a digital library as a resource for clinicians and researchers working with women with HIV infection. We wanted to find a new way of communicating the findings from the 114 studies that we used as the method case. The development of the SandBar Digital Library (http://sonweb.unc. edu/sandbar), a product of a 5-year project to develop the analytic techniques for qualitative metasynthesis, is described from its inception, including analyses of the potential users and how they might use such a resource. The Digital Library evolved over a 3-year period, with continuous feedback from a group of researchers and clinicians who are also experts in the care of HIV-positive people. It provides a concise and comprehensive compilation of findings in two major areas of concern for the seropositive women who were the participants in the studies: motherhood and stigma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Digital library
  • HIV
  • Qualitative metasynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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