Hospital clinicians' information behaviour and attitudes towards the 'Clinical Informationist': an Irish survey.
AffiliationRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Department of Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, , Dublin, Ireland.
*Attitude of Health Personnel
Decision Support Systems, Clinical/*organization & administration
*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Libraries, Hospital/organization & administration
Medical Staff, Hospital/*statistics & numerical data
Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data
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CitationHealth Info Libr J. 2011 Mar;28(1):23-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00917.x. , Epub 2010 Oct 13.
JournalHealth information and libraries journal
AbstractBACKGROUND: Hospital clinicians are increasingly expected to practice evidence-based medicine (EBM) in order to minimize medical errors and ensure quality patient care, but experience obstacles to information-seeking. The introduction of a Clinical Informationist (CI) is explored as a possible solution. AIMS: This paper investigates the self-perceived information needs, behaviour and skill levels of clinicians in two Irish public hospitals. It also explores clinicians' perceptions and attitudes to the introduction of a CI into their clinical teams. METHODS: A questionnaire survey approach was utilised for this study, with 22 clinicians in two hospitals. Data analysis was conducted using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Analysis showed that clinicians experience diverse information needs for patient care, and that barriers such as time constraints and insufficient access to resources hinder their information-seeking. Findings also showed that clinicians struggle to fit information-seeking into their working day, regularly seeking to answer patient-related queries outside of working hours. Attitudes towards the concept of a CI were predominantly positive. CONCLUSION: This paper highlights the factors that characterise and limit hospital clinicians' information-seeking, and suggests the CI as a potentially useful addition to the clinical team, to help them to resolve their information needs for patient care.
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