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Information needs of United Kingdom primary care clinicians

Swinglehurst, DA; (2005) Information needs of United Kingdom primary care clinicians. HEALTH INFO LIBR J , 22 (3) 196 - 204. Green open access

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Abstract

Background. The scope of primary care makes knowledge management in this context very challenging, especially as access to information increases and the role of primary care within the NHS expands.Objectives: This paper reviews the literature on the information needs of primary care clinicians to enable evidence-based decision making. Drawing on the literature, and using a specific example of a clinical informaticist service, some lessons are drawn on the role of information professionals in facilitating evidence-based health care.Methods: Literature review. Case study of clinical informaticist service.Conclusions: There are numerous barriers to clinicians engaging with evidence-based practice. However, providing evidence-based information to clinicians' questions in a user-friendly format has the potential to facilitate changes in practice. The successful implementation of information services requires attention to both academic and service dimensions, fostering closer working relationships between clinicians and information professionals.

Type: Article
Title: Information needs of United Kingdom primary care clinicians
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: DECISION-MAKING, PATIENT-CARE, HEALTH-CARE, PRACTITIONERS, QUESTIONS, SEEKING, DOCTORS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1190
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