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K. Ann McKibbon, retired Canadian health librarian, information retrievalist and researcher, born in Lowbanks, Ontario is well-known to health librarians around the world for her work in information retrieval, search strategies and filters (ie. hedges). She was a health librarian for well over thirty years, with twenty years of research experience at the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She was a member of the renowned McMaster's Health Information Research Unit which is dedicated to developing new information resources to support evidence-based care. McKibbon obtained her bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree (honours chemistry) from the University of Guelph and a Master of library science (MLS) degree from the University of Western Ontario. McKibbon completed her PhD (2005) in Medical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh; her dissertation was entitled "Effect of risk attitude and uncertainty comfort on primary care physicians' use of electronic information resources".
McKibbon currently holds a faculty position in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. She has authored many articles and monographs, including the PDQ Evidence-Based Principles and Practice (BC Decker, Hamilton, 1999), ~100 peer reviewed articles and delivered more than 200 workshops in information retrieval, evidence based medicine and knowledge translation. Her current research interests are in the areas of medical and health informatics, translational medicine and information retrieval. McKibbon is interested in how health professionals use information resources, the results they get and how identified information is used in practice. Recently, she was involved in setting up a new Masters program in eHealth at McMaster University.
In 2013, McKibbon announced that she would retire in 2014. In the field of medical librarianship, it is thought that perhaps only Joanne Gard Marshall has contributed more to the medical literature than McKibbon.
- K. Ann McKibbon. Faculty page. McMaster University. and PubMed Search for K. Ann McKibbon's publications.
- Bayley L. McKibbon A. Evidence-based librarianship: another addition to the EBP family. Evidence Based Health Care News. 2003;33:5-6
- McKibbon KA, Wilczynski NL. Retrieving randomized controlled trials from medline: a comparison of 38 published search filters. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26(3):187-202.
- McKibbon KA. The effect of risk attitude and uncertainty comfort on primary care physicians' use of electronic information resources. PhD Thesis. University of Pittsburgh; 2005.
- McKibbon KA, Bayley L. Health professional education, evidence-based health care, and health sciences librarians. Ref Serv Rev. 2004;32(1):50-53.
- Bayley L, McKibbon A. Evidence-based librarianship: a personal perspective from the medical/nursing realm. Library Hi Tech. 2006;24(3):317-323.
- McKibbon A, Bayley L. The role of the librarian in evidence-based medicine. Ref Serv Rev. 2004;32(1):50-53.
- McKibbon KA. How primary care physicians' attitudes toward risk and uncertainty affect their use of electronic information resources. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95(2):138-46.
- McKibbon KA, Wilczynski NL. Developing optimal search strategies for retrieving qualitative studies in PsycINFO. Eval Health Prof. 2006;29(4):440-54.
- McKibbon KA. Effectiveness of clinician-selected electronic information resources for answering primary care physicians' information needs. JAMIA. 2006;13(6):653-9.
- Haynes RB, McKibbon KA, Wilczynski NL, Walter SD. Optimal search strategies for retrieving scientifically strong studies of treatment from Medline: analytical survey. BMJ. 2005;330:1179.
- McKibbon KA, Wilczynski NL. What do evidence-based secondary journals tell us about the publication of clinically important articles in primary healthcare journals? BMC Med. 2004;2:33.
- McKibbon KA, Gadd CS. A quantitative analysis of qualitative studies in clinical journals for the 2000 publishing year. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2004;4:11.
- McKibbon A. Systematic reviews and librarians. Library Trends. 2006;55(1):202-215.
- McKibbon A, Bayley L. Evidence-based librarianship: what is it and why should you care? OLA Access. 2003;10(4):40-42.
- Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Search filter precision can be improvedby NOTing out irrelevant content. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:1506-13. Epub2011 Oct 22.