This is not just a librarian concern. We need to actively engage the clinicians we work with as well. I sit on both sides of the fence in my role as Director of Drug Information, clinical pharmacist, and adjunct faculty. I'll be reaching out to my professional organizations to get on board for a show of support and advocacy. Any professional clinical organization that is involved with training clinical learners uses clinical practice guidelines as foundations in instruction. Here's my list to start!
American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists American Pharmacists Association Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization American Society of Consultant Pharmacists


Bridget McCrate Protus, PharmD, MLIS, BCGP, CDP | Optum
Director of Drug Information
Hospice Pharmacy Services
T: 614-410-7190
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Director of Drug Information
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T: 614-410-7190
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-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kendra Godwin
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:29 PM
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Subject: Re:

Here is the link to the Save AHRQ Fiscal Year 2018 Advocacy Toolkit, which includes an overview of key congressional players:

On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 2:53 PM, Truex, Eleanor < [log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This may well be true, and I share Julie's disaffection at times. But 
> we must try. If we don't try, we have already said we're ok with this 
> happening, and none of us are (I hope). I am just not sure who to write TO.
> I'll call my Senators and Congresscritter, but this is a nation-wide 
> effort. My elected officials already support things like the 
> guidelines, but it's important for them to know that we are aware and 
> concerned. The number to call the Congressional switchboard is (202) 
> 224-3121. Calls take less than 5 minutes. You can also call their 
> state offices for faster service.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
> On Behalf Of Julie Stielstra
> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:30 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re:
> Not to be a cynic or anything (oh, what the heck, I'll just go ahead 
> an be a cynic), but if murdered children and tens of thousands of 
> people in the streets cannot budge gun safety laws in this country, I am doubtful that
> polite letters from librarians are going to have any effect whatosever.   I
> believe the project was funded under a contract which has ended and no 
> one wants to put up the money to continue to support it. It is 
> definitely a loss.
> On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 10:09 AM, Coghill, Jeff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > TAKE NOTICE: This Web site, AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse, 
> > will not be available after July 16, 2018.
> > Federal funding through AHRQ will no longer be available to support 
> > the NGC as of that date. For additional information, read our full
> announcement.
> >
> > We will continue to post summaries of new and updated evidence-based 
> > clinical practice guidelines until July 2, 2018. For any questions, 
> > please contact Mary Nix, [log in to unmask]<mailto:m
> [log in to unmask]>.
> >
> > The shutdown of, aka the National Guidelines 
> > Clearinghouse, was announced in the past few days. Needless to say, 
> > this valuable resource will go away if we do not voice our opinions 
> > on
> the loss of this resource.
> > The reason for shutting the website is "lack of funding." Sounds 
> > rather murky to me.
> >
> > I have already contacted Mary Nix at AHRQ to register my thoughts. 
> > My thinking is that if we use our collective voices to save this 
> > resource, we could have an effect.
> > Jeff
> >
> > Jeffrey G. Coghill, CAS-HSL, AHIP, MLS, MA Head of Outreach 
> > Director, Eastern AHEC Library Services Laupus Library, East Carolina Univ.
> > 600 Moye Blvd.
> > Greenville, NC  27834
> > 252-744-2066 (Office)
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> >
> --
> Julie Stielstra, MLS
> Librarian / Document Wrangler
> Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
> 25 N Winfield Rd
> Winfield, IL 60190
> phone 630-933-4536
> fax     630-933-4530
> email jstielstra [ at ]
> "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good 
> is my religion." - Thomas Paine

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