Dr Alison Brettle

Professor Alison Brettle

Director of Post Graduate Research


Professor. Alison Brettle is based within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, and Social Science and is a Professor of Health Information and Evidence Based Practice. She has expertise in evidence based practice; the effectiveness and impact of library services and systematic reviews in health care.

Alison has long been a champion of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and is widely published, including co-authoring a report for CILIP which brings together the latest evidence to demonstrate the value of trained library and information professionals. Within the School of Nursing, Midwifery Social Work and Social Sciences, Alison is Director of Post Graduate Research – responsible for the community of over 120 PhD students within the School with a particular interest in PhD by Published Works.


  • Module Lead Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care (Level7)
  • PGR Training Programme School of Nursing, Midwifery Social Work and Social Sciences.

Research Interests

Research interests include:

Evidence based practice, the effectiveness and impact of library services, the use of health information to improve outcomes, using digital media to improve access to health information, systematic reviews in health care or library and information practice and systematic review methodology.

Current projects include: social media within midwifery project and routine impact measurement of health library services.

Qualifications and Memberships

1989: BA (Hons) European Business and Languages (Lancaster Polytechnic)

1993: MSc information Studies (Leeds Metropolitan University)

2009: PhD University of Salford

Member of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 


Selected publications

Koufogiannakis, D., Brettle, A. (eds.)(2016). Being evidence based in library and information practice. London: Facet Publications.

Brettle, A. and Maden, M. (2016). What evidence is there to support the employment of professionally trained library, information and knowledge workers? A systematic scoping review of the evidence. London: CILIP. Available from www.cilip.org.uk/valueofLIKworkers) http://usir.salford.ac.uk/39034/

Brettle, A., Maden, M., Payne, C. (2016). The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 33(1): 1-21 DOI: 10.1111/hir.12136 http://usir.salford.ac.uk/39032/

Goldman, S, Brettle, AJ., McAndrew, SL (2016). 'A client focused perspective of the effectiveness of Counselling for Depression (CfD)' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16 (4) , pp. 288-297. http://usir.salford.ac.uk/40613/

Long, A.F. Brettle, A.J. (2015). Self care-self-help strategies for persons with menieres disease: a systematic review. Patient Intelligence, 7: 33-51. http://usir.salford.ac.uk/37385/

Postgraduate research

  • Information prescriptions/information as a therapy/using information to improve health outcomes
  • Access to health information/improving access to health information or evidence based support
  • Impact of library or information services/Measuring outcomes in library or information services services
  • Evidence based practice (in health or libraries or social care)
  • Systematic review methods (in health or libraries or social care)