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  • The 20th Annual Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award Ceremony and Readings

    Lamar Soutter Library; Berlin, Richard M (2024-03-26)
    The Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award is funded by a donation from Richard M. Berlin, M.D., a poet and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School. Dr. Berlin established the Award to encourage creative writing among UMass Chan students and residents, and to honor his father who struggled with a severe chronic illness. 2024 Awards: First Place: "Two True Stories" by Elizabeth (Liz) M. Irvin, MD Candidate, Class of 2026, UMass Chan Medical School. Second Place: "To Be a Body" by Hyein Sarah Lee (she/they), MD/PhD Candidate, GS1, UMass Chan Medical School. Third Place: "Hospital Food" by Abigail DeNike, MD Candidate, Class of 2027, UMass Chan Medical School. Honorable Mention: "Grief Sandwich" by Darya Herscovici, MD Candidate, Class of 2024, UMass Chan Medical School. Honorable Mention: "Shadow" by Alexander Hamel, MD Candidate, Class of 2027, UMass Chan Medical School. Honorable Mention: "His Name is Phil" by Melanie Fu (she/they), MD Candidate, Class of 2027, UMass Chan Medical School.
  • Presentation: History of Medical Librarianship at NAHSL

    Malachowski, Margot G. (2023-11-15)
    In 2023, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 7 (NNLM R7) hosted a webinar on the History of the Rochester Study: Literature Discussion. We identified the Rochester Study topic by watching discussions on the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Libraries Caucus listserv. On the listserv, librarians expressed curiosity about this historic research. During the webinar, the chat discussion was lively, creating 16 pages of commentary that was saved, anonymized, and distributed to the registrants and on the Hospital Libraries Caucus listserv. ​In 2024, we will deepen our conversation on this history of medical librarianship by taking three months to read A History of Medical Libraries and Medical Librarianship by Michael and Jennie Kronenfeld. The Moodle course starts in February and closes at the end of April. Participants can choose to join discussion forums and Zoom meetings to share ideas with their peers. This presentation will hit the highlights of the Rochester Study literature discussion. This includes participant remarks about the historic changes in federal requirements, information access, aspects of care as well as commentary on future research directions. The presentation will conclude with a synopsis of the Kronenfeld book, with surprising details about the history of medical librarianship. The NNLM training program had 162 registrants for the History of the Rochester Study: Literature Discussion. Judging from these counts, health sciences librarians are interested in the history of their profession. NNLM supports the work of health sciences librarians and looks forward to providing a learning opportunity for this population.
  • Presentation: History of Medical Librarianship at UNYOC

    Malachowski, Margot G. (2023-10-26)
    In 2023, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 7 (NNLM R7) hosted a webinar on the History of the Rochester Study: Literature Discussion. We identified the Rochester Study topic by watching discussions on the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Libraries Caucus listserv. On the listserv, librarians expressed curiosity about this historic research. During the webinar, the chat discussion was lively, creating 16 pages of commentary that was saved, anonymized, and distributed to the registrants and on the Hospital Libraries Caucus listserv. ​In 2024, we will deepen our conversation on this history of medical librarianship by taking three months to read A History of Medical Libraries and Medical Librarianship by Michael and Jennie Kronenfeld. The Moodle course starts in February and closes at the end of April. Participants can choose to join discussion forums and Zoom meetings to share ideas with their peers. This presentation will hit the highlights of the Rochester Study literature discussion. This includes participant remarks about the historic changes in federal requirements, information access, aspects of care as well as commentary on future research directions. The presentation will conclude with a synopsis of the Kronenfeld book, with surprising details about the history of medical librarianship. The NNLM training program had 162 registrants for the History of the Rochester Study: Literature Discussion. Judging from these counts, health sciences librarians are interested in the history of their profession. NNLM supports the work of health sciences librarians and looks forward to providing a learning opportunity for this population.
  • Research output of Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences faculty: A visual review

    Grynoch, Tess; Honor, Leah B.; Gore, Sally A.; Palmer, Lisa A. (2023-10-26)
    Research metrics can be used to demonstrate individual research output but also the research output of a group and their contributions to scientific effort. Traditional research metrics have been limited to publication and citation counts and journal impact measures. New tools allow for a broader perspective and an exploration of public engagement with the inclusion of altmetrics such as mentions in traditional and social media, citations in policy documents, and downloads. Similarly, network analysis of bibliometric data can demonstrate the power of co-authorship and collaboration, as well as reveal trending topics. By using the 2020-2022 research output of current Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences faculty at UMass Chan Medical School, what conclusions can be drawn by seeing all these metrics visually? This poster will display a variety of research metrics and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • LGBTQ+ health research guides: a multi-institutional analysis of usage patterns and user information needs

    Stevens, Gregg A.; Morris, Martin; Parker, Robin M. N.; Fajardo, Francisco J.; Brody, Erica R.; McLean, Katie (2023-10-02)
    Objective: LGBTQ+ health research guides can strengthen the LGBTQ+ community through connecting people to quality health services and information, and previous studies have recommended that health sciences libraries create and maintain these guides. Little evidence exists, though, on how these guides are used and how well they meet the needs of LGBTQ+ users. Using retrospective data retrieved from multiple LGBTQ+ health research guides, we examined the categories of LGBTQ+ health information most used, as well as how often guides were accessed. Based on these results, we hope to find patterns which can lead to best practices for libraries. Methods: Five North American academic health sciences libraries contributed select usage data from their LGBTQ+ health research guides, covering a three-year period (July 2018-June 2021). Data was analyzed in two ways. Firstly, the 20 most-clicked resources from each guide were categorized through open coding, to assess if certain information resource categories were more popular among guide users, allowing for inference of user needs. A time-series analysis was also conducted for two sites, using the Classical Seasonal Decomposition by Moving Averages method, to provide deeper insights into the data. Results: Open coding data showed consumer health information resources were used more often than other health resource categories. Resources from more locally based organizations and those with provider and services information were heavily used, indicating that users may be looking for information connecting to local health services and providers. The time series analysis allowed the potential positive effect of guide promotion to be showcased in ways that would not have been clear from the raw data. Conclusion: This study shows that people are accessing LGBTQ+ consumer health information through academic library research guides, with a preference for local information. Guide usage appears to be positively driven by outreach within one’s institution and to the greater community. Locating external partners may increase guide impact and provide important links to local resources and services.
  • Adolescent cancer prevention in rural, pediatric primary care settings in the United States: A scoping review

    Ryan, Grace W; Whitmire, Paula; Batten, Annabelle; Goulding, Melissa; Baltich Nelson, Becky; Lemon, Stephenie C; Pbert, Lori (2023-09-29)
    Adolescence is a critical period for establishing habits and engaging in health behaviors to prevent future cancers. Rural areas tend to have higher rates of cancer-related morbidity and mortality as well as higher rates of cancer-risk factors among adolescents. Rural primary care clinicians are well-positioned to address these risk factors. Our goal was to identify existing literature on adolescent cancer prevention in rural primary care and to classify key barriers and facilitators to implementing interventions in such settings. We searched the following databases: Ovid MEDLINE®; Ovid APA PsycInfo; Cochrane Library; CINAHL; and Scopus. Studies were included if they reported on provider and/or clinic-level interventions in rural primary care clinics addressing one of these four behaviors (obesity, tobacco, sun exposure, HPV vaccination) among adolescent populations. We identified 3,403 unique studies and 24 met inclusion criteria for this review. 16 addressed obesity, 6 addressed HPV vaccination, 1 addressed skin cancer, and 1 addressed multiple behaviors including obesity and tobacco use. 10 studies were either non-randomized experimental designs (n = 8) or randomized controlled trials (n = 2). The remaining were observational or descriptive research. We found a dearth of studies addressing implementation of adolescent cancer prevention interventions in rural primary care settings. Priorities to address this should include further research and increased funding to support EBI adaptation and implementation in rural clinics to reduce urban-rural cancer inequities.
  • eScholarship@UMassChan Repository Flyer

    Palmer, Lisa A. (2023-09-27)
    Flyer about eScholarship@UMassChan, UMass Medical School's digital repository for research and scholarship, which is managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The intended audience is faculty, researchers, staff, and students at UMass Chan Medical School.
  • Can psychological interventions prevent or reduce risk for perinatal anxiety disorders? A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Zimmermann, Martha; Julce, Clevanne; Sarkar, Pooja; McNicholas, Eileen; Xu, Lulu; Carr, Catherine W.; Boudreaux, Edwin D; Lemon, Stephenie C; Byatt, Nancy (2023-08-16)
    Objective: Little is known about the extent to which interventions can prevent perinatal anxiety disorders. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine whether interventions can decrease the onset and symptoms of perinatal anxiety among individuals without an anxiety disorder diagnosis. Method: We conducted a comprehensive literature search across five databases related to key concepts: (1) anxiety disorders/anxiety symptom severity (2) perinatal (3) interventions (4) prevention. We included studies that examined a perinatal population without an anxiety disorder diagnosis, included a comparator group, and assessed perinatal anxiety. We included interventions focused on perinatal anxiety as well as interventions to prevent perinatal depression or influence related outcomes (e.g., physical activity). Results: Thirty-six studies were included. No study assessing the incidence of perinatal anxiety disorder (n = 4) found a significant effect of an intervention. Among studies assessing anxiety symptom severity and included in the quantitative analysis (n = 30), a meta-analysis suggested a small standardized mean difference of -0.31 (95% CI [-0.46, -0.16], p < .001) for anxiety at post intervention, favoring the intervention group. Both mindfulness (n = 6), and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches (n = 10) were effective. Conclusions: Interventions developed for perinatal anxiety were more effective than interventions to prevent perinatal depression. Psychological interventions show promise for reducing perinatal anxiety symptom severity, though interventions specifically targeting anxiety are needed.
  • National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) Annual Report 2022-2023

    Crespo, Javier (2023-08-02)
    This annual report is presented under NNLM format guidelines. The National Public Health Coordination Office facilitates NNLM's response to the information needs of the public health workforce through two program areas: Public Health Digital Library and National Public Health Engagement.
  • The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium: a blueprint designed in response to a community of practice need

    Fay, Brenda; Buda, Lisa M; Dellureficio, Anthony J; Hoover, Sara; Kubilius, Ramune K; Moore, Steven J; Palmer, Lisa A. (2023-07-10)
    Background: Health sciences libraries in medical schools, academic health centers, health care networks, and hospitals have established institutional repositories (IRs) to showcase their research achievements, increase visibility, expand the reach of institutional scholarship, and disseminate unique content. Newer roles for IRs include publishing open access journals, tracking researcher productivity, and serving as repositories for data sharing. Many repository managers oversee their IR with limited assistance from others at their institution. Therefore, IR practitioners find it valuable to network and learn from colleagues at other institutions. Case presentation: This case report describes the genesis and implementation of a new initiative specifically designed for a health sciences audience: the Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium. Six medical librarians from hospitals and academic institutions in the U.S. organized the inaugural symposium held virtually in November 2021. The goal was to fill a perceived gap in conference programming for IR practitioners in health settings. Themes of the 2021 and subsequent 2022 symposium included IR management, increasing readership and engagement, and platform migration. Post-symposium surveys were completed by 73/238 attendees (31%) in 2021 and by 62/180 (34%) in 2022. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Discussion: Participant responses in post-symposium surveys rated MIRL highly. The MIRL planning group intends to continue the symposium and hopes MIRL will steadily evolve, build community among IR practitioners in the health sciences, and expand the conversation around best practices for digital archiving of institutional content. The implementation design of MIRL serves as a blueprint for collaboratively bringing together a professional community of practice.
  • Data from LGBTQ+ Health Research Guides: A Multi-Institutional Analysis of Usage Patterns and User Information Needs

    Stevens, Gregg A.; Morris, Martin; Parker, Robin M. N.; Fajardo, Francisco J.; Brody, Erica R.; McLean, Katie D. (2023-06-09)
    Data and documentation from LGBTQ+ Health Research Guides: A Multi-Institutional Analysis of Usage Patterns and User Information Needs research study.
  • Spontaneous Rupture of the Extensor Pollicis Longus Tendon: A Systematic Review

    Lister, Rachel C; Bradford, Henry C; Joo, Alex; Carr, Catherine W.; Delancy, Anna; Naram, Aparajit; Rothkopf, Douglas M; Shufflebarger, John V (2023-06-02)
    Background: Extensor pollicis longus (EPL) rupture and tenosynovitis of the third dorsal compartment is often described in association with a history of rheumatoid arthritis or in the setting of a distal radius fracture. However, the literature suggests multiple other potential factors that may lead to a seemingly spontaneous rupture. Methods: We performed a systematic review following guidelines set forth by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. The search consisted of headings and keywords related to tendon injuries, tendinopathy, hand surgery, tendon transfer, and injections, as published in reports and studies. Citations were screened by title and abstract against predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria by 2 independent reviewers, with a third reviewer resolving discrepancies. To be eligible, articles had to meet the following inclusion criterion: describe cases of spontaneous EPL rupture or tenosynovitis of the third dorsal compartment. The exclusion criterion was any history of distal radius fracture or rheumatoid arthritis. Results: We identified 29 articles that met the inclusion criterion. Conclusions: A myriad of prodromal events or predisposing factors ultimately led to EPL rupture or tenosynovitis of the third compartment. Methods of reconstruction described included primary repair, tendon grafting, and tendon transfer techniques; all with generally good outcomes. These results highlight the inherent fragility of this tendon and support the historical recommendation for early release of the EPL tendon in the setting of tenosynovitis of the third dorsal compartment.
  • What’s the Big Deal? Preparing for Transformative Agreements

    Gerber, Rebecca; Gore, Sally A.; Palmer, Lisa A.; Honor, Leah B.; Grynoch, Tess (2023-05-19)
    Background: Since the open access (OA) movement emerged more than two decades ago, libraries, publishers, funders and researchers have struggled with sustainable publishing models in the complex scholarly communication environment. Fully OA journals typically use article processing charges (APCs) to generate revenue and many other publishers have moved to this model to offer immediate OA to individual articles. With growing scrutiny on library expenses, publishers have begun to offer transformative, or Read-and-Publish, agreements, which shift payment from subscription-based reading toward OA publishing. Collection development librarians handle subscriptions (“Read”) and Scholarly Communications librarians assist researchers with grants and publishing (“Publish”). There is now an opportunity to work together in the decision-making process to gather data and analyze these agreements. Description: The library has collected usage data for subscription resources for many years and used that information to inform future acquisitions or renewals. The collection of institution-affiliated author publishing data has not previously been part of this determination, but with the growing push by publishers to sign Read & Publish agreements, we have begun creating a new process. Our ultimate goal is to develop evaluation criteria for the value and benefit of transformative agreements and propose a strategy for approaching university administration and department chairs for funding of transformative agreements. Several steps will need to be completed to reach this goal. For each vendor/publisher, we want to collect and integrate author publishing data with subscription usage data to determine the level of library interest in pursuing a transformative agreement. Author publishing data could include APC dollars paid, number of articles, and departmental affiliation. Determining how APCS are typically paid across the institution, whether by individual grant, by department, or some other fund, can provide a talking point for best ways to fund APCs. Finally, we want to determine the most appropriate ways to disseminate and promote information to the university community on any current and future transformative agreements. Conclusion: We expect several outcomes from this initiative. We will create an internal campus portal for data concerning the costs of subscriptions and OA publishing in those journals, usage of subscriptions, and any pertinent background information that could impact a decision about transformative agreements. This portal would also allow university authors to determine what publications or publishers have agreements with the university and request assistance from scholarly communications librarians in determining the best place to publish. The evaluation criteria we develop will be utilized in the decision-making process. Most of all, we expect to see an overall decrease in costs associated with subscriptions and research publishing fees.
  • DOCLINE Spring Cleaning for Librarians

    Daby, Jill; Malachowski, Margot G. (2023-05-16)
    The National Library of Medicine developed DOCLINE in 1985 to increase the speed of interlibrary loan for biomedical literature. Each year, libraries face multiple factors that impact their participation in DOCLINE such as changes in journal holdings, alterations in embargo and license agreements, and fluctuations in staffing and operating hours. This poster suggests that library staff do an annual "spring cleaning" of their DOCLINE accounts. The poster includes a checklist of necessary tasks. Maintaining accurate library accounts will contribute to the timely delivery of biomedical literature to the end user.
  • Non-invasive fluid biomarkers in the diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): a systematic review

    Feinberg, Charles; Mayes, Katherine Dickerson; Portman, Ellie; Carr, Catherine W.; Mannix, Rebekah (2023-05-05)
    Background: Despite approximately 55.9 million annual mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) worldwide, the accurate diagnosis of mTBI continues to challenge clinicians due to symptom ambiguity, reliance on subjective report and presentation variability. Non-invasive fluid biomarkers of mTBI offer a biological measure to diagnose and monitor mTBI without the need for blood draws or neuroimaging. The objective of this study is to systematically review the utility of such biomarkers to diagnose mTBI and predict disease progression. Methods: A systematic review performed in PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane and Web of Science followed by a manual search of references without a specified timeframe. Search strings were generated and run (27 June 2022) by a research librarian. Studies were included if they: (1) included human mTBI subjects, (2) assessed utility of a non-invasive biomarker and (3) published in English. Exclusion criteria were (1) non-mTBI subjects, (2) mTBI not assessed separately from moderate/severe TBI, (3) required intracranial haemorrhage or (4) solely assesses genetic susceptibility to mTBI. Results: A total of 29 studies from 27 subject populations (1268 mTBI subjects) passed the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Twelve biomarkers were studied. Salivary RNAs, including microRNA, were assessed in 11 studies. Cortisol and melatonin were assessed in four and three studies, respectively. Eight salivary and two urinary biomarkers contained diagnostic or disease monitoring capability. Discussion: This systematic review identified several salivary and urinary biomarkers that demonstrate the potential to be used as a diagnostic, prognostic and monitoring tool for mTBI. Further research should examine miRNA-based models for diagnostic and predictive utility in patients with mTBI. Prospero registration number: CRD42022329293.
  • Nutritional Supplement and Dietary Interventions as a Prophylaxis or Treatment of Sub-Concussive Repetitive Head Impact and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review

    Feinberg, Charles; Dickerson Mayes, Katherine; Jarvis, Richard C; Carr, Catherine W.; Mannix, Rebekah (2023-03-14)
    Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) affects 42 to 56 million individuals worldwide annually. Even more individuals are affected by sub-concussive repetitive head impacts (SRHIs). Such injuries may result in significant acute and chronic symptoms. A study of how individuals may adjust or augment their nutritional and dietary habits to prevent cumulative neurotrauma and promote post-injury recovery is necessary. The objective of the current study is to systematically review nutritional and dietary interventions for neurotrauma prevention and mTBI recovery to direct clinical decision-making and identify future areas of research. This systematic review, without a specified time-period, was performed in PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane, CINAHL, and Web of Science followed by a manual search of references. Search strings were generated by a research librarian. Studies were included if they: 1) investigate human subjects with mTBI or SRHI; 2) investigate a supplement/ingredient of dietary supplement sold in the U.S. or dietary intervention without classification as a drug or prohibitive statement against use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); 3) assess a quantifiable outcome; and 4) are published in English in a peer-reviewed journal with an accessible full-length article. Studies were excluded if: 1) the study included non-mTBI or SRHI subjects (e.g., moderate/severe TBI, stroke); 2) mTBI is not assessed separately from moderate/severe mTBI; or 3) the studies that required intracranial hemorrhage. Fifteen studies from 12 unique subject populations met inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of 1139 mTBI or SRHI subjects were enrolled across intervention arms in the study populations. A total of eight intervention were studied. Omega-3 fatty acid (n-3FA), melatonin, and Pinus radiata were the only interventions examined in multiple studies. Studies included 10 randomized-control trials, three prospective observational studies, and two retrospective observational studies. Seven of the 15 studies had a low risk of bias. Eleven studies reported benefit of the intervention. Strongest evidence supports n-3FA utility for neurotrauma prevention in athletes exposed to SRHI. Both Pinus radiata and melatonin may have benefit for persistent post-concussion symptoms; however, additional multi-center studies are necessary prior to making a definitive conclusion on these supplements' efficacy. Future studies should continue to assess both novel interventions and additional interventions examined in this review to bring additional evidence to the burgeoning field of nutritional and dietary interventions for SRHI and mTBI.
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines on Interventional Management of Low Back Pain: A Synthesis of Recommendations

    Olivier, Timothy J; Konda, Chaitanya; Pham, Tri; Baltich Nelson, Becky; Patel, Ankit; Sharma, G Sunny; Trivedi, Kavita; Annaswamy, Thiru M (2022-12-12)
    Objective: To summarize the recommendations on the interventional management of subacute and chronic non-radicular low back pain (LBP) from the 21 quality-appraised CPGs identified in the previously published paper: "Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines on Interventional Management of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review". By disseminating this information, we aim to facilitate the implementation of these recommendations into clinical practice. Literature survey: Electronic bibliographic databases, guideline databases and grey literature were searched from January 2016 to January 2020 to identify CPGs that met study criteria. Methodology: 21 CPGs were quality-appraised and interventional management recommendations were extracted and organized into several treatment categories including epidural steroid injections (ESIs), radiofrequency procedures (RF), facet injections, sacroiliac injections (SI), and prolotherapy. Within each treatment category, the recommendations were organized based on 2 factors: quality of CPG and strength of recommendation. Synthesis: Overall, there was no consistency in recommendations for or against any interventional procedure, even when accounting for the quality of the CPG. In all of the CPGs reviewed, the most common strength of recommendation was weakly-for. The second, third and fourth most common strength of recommendations were inconclusive, weakly-against and strongly-against respectively and the least common was strongly-for. The treatment categories with the greatest number of recommendations were RF procedures (most common strength of recommendation-weakly for) and facet procedures. Among the high-quality CPGs, the most common strength of recommendation was inconclusive. Conclusions: Most of the interventional management recommendations for management of non-radicular LBP in the 21 CPGs appraised in this review were either weakly-for, weakly-against or inconclusive, with several recommendations within each treatment category contradicting each other. AGREE II quality appraisals of CPGs on interventional management of LBP were of unclear utility in guiding clinical implementation.
  • A tale of two migrations: a medical library case report

    Palmer, Lisa A.; Grynoch, Tess; Gore, Sally A. (2022-11-17)
    Launched in 2006, the eScholarship@UMassChan institutional repository has been an important digital platform at UMass Chan Medical School, hosting faculty research, student research, and unique original publications and scholarship. In June 2021, UMass Chan’s Lamar Soutter Library decided to migrate eScholarship@UMassChan from the bepress Digital Commons platform to two separate hosted platforms. Most content – over 25,000 items representing faculty and staff publications, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, and departmental and project collections – moved to Open Repository, a DSpace repository platform hosted by Atmire. The Janeway publishing platform became the new home for the open access, peer-reviewed journals and ebook chapters actively published through eScholarship@UMassChan. Both migrations were completed in September 2022. This lightning talk will briefly cover the migration process, challenges encountered and lessons learned.
  • Riding the Wave: Embracing New Trends in the Wake of COVID-19

    Baltich Nelson, Becky; Carr, Catherine W.; Honor, Leah B.; Rossetti, Victoria (2022-11-06)
    At UMass Chan Medical School, the Lamar Soutter Library relies on service usage statistics to inform what services remain, what programs and classes should be added, and what tools, spaces, and staffing can best serve the needs of the community. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most library classes were held in-person (94%) compared to only 3% online. As classes went virtual, social distancing became the prevailing policy and telework tools became commonplace and easier to use, leading to a near total shift in the opposite direction. At the height of the pandemic 93% of library classes occurred virtually, compared to the 2.5% that took place in-person. The rollout of vaccines and the ever more strident call to “return to normal” did not see another reversal; virtual instruction remains overwhelmingly popular at 75%, while in-person sessions lag, making up less than 22% of all September 2021-September 2022 sessions.  This poster will discuss the crests (hybrid working environment, more flexible offerings, reaching new populations with more convenience) and the troughs (diminished library visibility, concerns about losing workplace culture and staff disengagement) as well as the opportunity to embrace these new trends in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Rhythm versus rate control for atrial fibrillation in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

    Al-Sadawi, Mohammed; Aleem, Saadat; Aslam, Faisal; Jacobs, Robin; Stevens, Gregg A.; Almasry, Ibrahim; Singh, Abhijeet; Fan, Roger; Rashba, Eric (2022-10-01)
    Background: There are few prospective studies assessing the benefits of rhythm control of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which accounts for 50% of all heart failure patients. Objective: Conduct a meta-analysis to assess the effects of rhythm control (ablation and/or antiarrhythmic medications) vs rate control on all-cause mortality in AF patients with HFpEF. Methods: Databases were searched for studies reporting the effect of rhythm control vs rate control on mortality in patients with HFpEF (Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and EBSCO CINAHL). The search was not restricted to time or publication status. The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality. The minimum duration of follow-up required for inclusion was 1 year. Results: The literature search identified 1210 candidate studies; 5 studies and 16,825 patients were included. The study population had 57% men with a mean age of 71± 2.5 years. Rhythm control for AF was associated with lower all-cause mortality (odds ratio 0.735, 95% confidence interval 0.665-0.813; P < .001) as compared to rate control. Conclusion: Rhythm control for AF in patients with HFpEF was associated with decreased all-cause mortality.

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