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It goes without saying that few things are more important to information professionals than data, all the more so when that data relates to their own profession. Which is why this third edition of BIALL's Law Firm Survey is so welcome, providing, as it does, data on a range of different information departments working in the library space, while also drawing comparisons from the results of earlier surveys. Here Catherine Bowl and Diane Miller explain the process of compiling the survey, its findings, and the interesting trends it has highlighted.
In Autumn 2021 the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) carried out a follow-up survey to the May 2020 ‘Covid-19 Industry Survey'. BIALL President, Catherine Bowl, gives an overview of the findings of ‘State of the Nation' survey which was published in December 2021. The results of the survey are to be found on the pages that follow this introduction.
In this article, the authors, Catherine Bowl, John Furlong and Caroline Mosley look at the direction the Association's Annual Conference has taken over the past 50 years since the first Conference in Liverpool in 1970. The emphasis is on the mid-1990s to the present day, during which period the authors served as Chairs of BIALL's Conference Committee1.
The purpose of this study was to identify the determinants of choice of surgical procedure (anterior colporrhaphy, colposuspension, or needle suspension) to treat stress incontinence in women. We used multilevel modeling of data on 271 patients in 18 hospitals in England in 1993–94. Patient-related factors included sociodemographic details, anatomical diagnosis, symptom severity, symptom impact, previous treatment, parity, comorbidity, and general health status. Surgeon-related factors were specialty, grade, and annual volume of procedures undertaken. Hospital teaching status was considered. Some patient-related factors were associated with choice of procedure: women with a concomitant genital prolapse, with a history of high parity, and with no previous nonsurgical treatment were more likely to undergo an anterior colporrhaphy than a colposuspension or needle suspension (although this finding could be confounded by surgical specialty). In addition, women were more likely to be treated by colposuspension if their surgeon specialized in incontinence surgery (measured by annual volume of cases). Finally, being treated by needle suspension depended on there being a consultant surgeon familiar with the procedure at the hospital attended. While choice of surgical procedure depends partly on the patient's anatomical diagnosis, it is also dependent on the specialty of the surgeon whom she consults and the hospital that she attends. This variability, in turn, could have implications for the patient (as the relative effectiveness of the different procedures is unknown) and for the purchasers of care (as the relative cost-effectiveness of procedures is also unknown).
Between us we have attended all the Joint Study Institutes (JSIs) and both had a particular interest in attending the one in Sydney, not least because it was the last in the present cycle. The location of Sydney itself was a great draw and most of the delegates made attendance at the JSI part of a holiday and took the opportunity to visit other parts of Australia at the same time.
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