What is the Virtual Library?
The ‘Virtual Library’ is an electronic collection of research-related resources created as a collaboration between the Nepalese Association of Palliative Care (NAPCare) and the University of Virginia School of Nursing and Center for Global Health to build research capacity in Nepal (and similar countries). The goal of the Virtual Library is to provide open-access resources and tools that are useful to support clinical research in low-and-middle income countries. A particular focus of the Virtual Library is mobile health (mHealth) and non-communicable disease (NCD) research, as these are important priorities in many low and middle income countries. The funding for this project comes from a grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. Within the Virtual Library, you will find resources that are relevant for individuals; their organization/institution; and also on a national/government level.
How is the Virtual Library organized and who should use it?
Resources are organized by categories that reflect the general stages, or steps, of the research process. Because the Virtual Library was designed in collaboration with colleagues in Nepal, some resources are specific to Nepal. However, the majority of resources apply broadly to many countries. It is our hope that this Virtual Library will be helpful to many types of clinical researchers, in many different countries. We have specifically designed the Virtual Library for novice (or beginning) clinical researchers (doctors; nurses; social workers/counselors; pharmacists) in countries where resources or the infrastructure to conduct research may be limited.
How did we decide what to include in the Virtual Library?
The NAPCare and UVA team used a systematic process to identify resources to include in the Virtual Library. You can read more about our process here. Some links in the Virtual Library will take you to research resources created by other organizations or individuals, that are either open to the public or that we have included with permission. Other links will take you to resources specifically created by our team for the Virtual Library. The goal for all resources in the Virtual Library is that they are relevant, reputable, accessible and understandable for clinicians conducting research in low-and-middle-income countries.
How should I use the Virtual Library?
We have designed the Virtual Library to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. We suggest you start on the Home Page, click on the Get Started button and answer a few questions to direct you to the appropriate resources.
Who maintains or updates the Virtual Library?
The Virtual Library is maintained jointly by NAPCare and the University of Virginia. Resources are reviewed and updated regularly. You can see the date of the last update at the top of the screen. We are always open to your feedback or suggestions. You can contact a member of our team by filling out the Contact Us form.