Hospital clinicians information behaviour and attitudes towards the 'Clinical Informationist': an Irish survey

Show simple item record Flynn, Maura G. McGuinness, Claire 2013-01-16T10:03:23Z 2013-01-16T10:03:23Z 2011-03
dc.identifier.citation Flynn, Maura G.; McGuinness, Claire (2011) 'Hospital clinicians information behaviour and attitudes towards the 'Clinical Informationist': an Irish survey'. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (1):23-32. en
dc.identifier.volume 28 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 23 en
dc.identifier.endpage 32 en
dc.identifier.issn 1471-1842
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00917.x
dc.description.abstract Background: 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. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2010 The authors. Health Information and Libraries Journal © 2010 Health Libraries Group. The definitive version is available at en
dc.subject Clinical informationist en
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical medicine--Research en
dc.subject.lcsh Human information processing en
dc.subject.lcsh Information behavior en
dc.subject.lcsh Information literacy en
dc.subject.lcsh Evidence-based medicine en
dc.title Hospital clinicians information behaviour and attitudes towards the 'Clinical Informationist': an Irish survey en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maura Flynn, Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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