Health sciences libraries advancing collaborative clinical research data management in universities

What can medical librarians do to better support patrons? How can clinical medicine and research librarians work together to foster an environment of improved research cycles and patient outcomes? Bardyn et al. address these concerns and others through a demonstration of what the University of Washington's Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) program has accomplished since its inception. The authors introduce basic concepts in clinical and translational research and then provide background and methodology for how they improved researcher-focused spaces, clinical research support services, and research data management services. They conclude that "initiatives like TRAIL are vital to supporting universities’ clinical data research efforts," noting that "[i]n uniting leading on-campus health sciences organizations, such initiatives build off the strengths of each partner" and encourage new skill sets to be developed to support cross-discipline research on campus.

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