Ethnicity / Inequality (Ethnicity Specialist Library)
The Ethnicity and Health Specialist Library will focus on five themes from the NHS "Big Sixty" (the 60 biggest health conditions and problems that cause 80% of the burden of disease) for its Annual Evidence Update. Following an overall introduction from Dr Surinder Sharma, the equalities director for the NHS, each theme will be introduced by a leading national authority.
On Monday, the theme will be "Commissioning & Ethnic Monitoring", followed by ethnic aspects of "Oral Health/ Oral Cancer". On Wednesday we shall focus on "Cardiovascular Disease in Ethnic Minority Populations" and on Thursday: "Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity" and "Renal Complications of Diabetes in Ethnic Minority Populations". To close the week, we shall highlight issues around Mental Health, in particular, "Suicide & Self-Harm" and "Learning Disabilities". This approach of a diversity of key topics follows the successful first National Knowledge week on Ethnicity & Health held in October 2007.
The National Library for Health (NLH) Specialist Libraries have been developed to identify and meet the information needs of particular communities of practice. They are web-based collections containing clinical and non-clinical information on the major health priority areas. Each NLH Specialist Library identifies and provides access to quality assessed information of relevance to the community that it serves. An aspect of this involves the production of Annual Evidence Updates, which aim to highlight the best current evidence for selected healthcare topics. Annual Evidence Updates consist of the good quality evidence from a search of research evidence on a particular topic over a 12 month period, plus user-friendly summaries written by relevant experts, and links to guidelines, secondary research and primary research, if applicable. All information included in Annual Evidence Updates has been subject to rigorous selection criteria.