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School of Health and Society

Professor Alison Brettle

Professor Health Information and Evidence Based Practice, Director Post Graduate Research


Specialist in health information and evidence based practice, including systematic reviews. Widely published in the field. Teaches evidence based practice and supervises Masters and PhD students. Within the School Director of Post Graduate Research, responsible for PhD students and PGR Training Programme


I lead the masters module in evidence based practice and patient care. I regularly provide workshops on Evidence Based Practice, systematic reviews, literature searching, writing for publication. I am responsible for the School of Health and Society PGR Training Programme

Teaching interests:

  • evidence based practice
  • information literacy
  • health information
  • evidence based library
  • information practice

Research Interests

I have been involved in a number of projects that seek to develop an evidence base or systematic review capacity in the health professions. I am involved in a range of projects that evaluate the impact of health information services and projects that use social media to meet health information needs.

Qualifications and Memberships

CILIP Member


Brettle, AJ, Maden, M and Payne, C 2016, 'The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations' , Health Information & Libraries Journal, 33 (2) , pp. 100-120.

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

Brettle, AJ and Maden, M 2016, What evidence is there to support the employment of trained and professionally registered library, information and knowledge workers? A systematic scoping review of the evidence , Project Report, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, London.

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

McCarthy, R, Choucri, LP, Ormandy, P and Brettle, AJ 2017, 'Midwifery continuity : the use of social media' , Midwifery .

Complete list:

Postgraduate research

  • Health information
  • Information needs
  • Digital media
  • Evidence based practice