The contribution of hospital library information services to clinical care: a study in eight hospitals.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/228
Title:
The contribution of hospital library information services to clinical care: a study in eight hospitals.
Authors:
King, DN
Abstract:
Hospital health sciences libraries represent, for the vast majority of health professionals, the most accessible source for library information and services. Most health professionals do not have available the specialized services of a clinical medical librarian, and rely instead upon general information services for their case-related information needs. The ability of the hospital library to meet these needs and the impact of the information on quality patient care have not been previously examined. A study was conducted in eight hospitals in the Chicago area as a quality assurance project. A total of 176 physicians, nurses, and other health professionals requested information from their hospital libraries related to a current case or clinical situation. They then assessed the quality of information received, its cognitive value, its contribution to patient care, and its impact on case management. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents asserted that they would definitely or probably handle their cases differently as a result of the information provided by the library. Almost all rated the libraries' performance and response highly. An overview of the context and purpose of the study, its methods, selected results, limitations, and conclusions are presented here, as is a review of selected earlier research.
Citation:
Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987 Oct;75(4):291-301
Publisher:
Medical Library Association
Issue Date:
Oct-1987
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/228
PubMed ID:
3450340
PubMed Central ID:
PMC227744
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0025-7338 (Print); 0025-7338 (Linking)
Appears in Collections:
University Libraries: Faculty Research and Publications

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKing, DN-
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-27T19:09:13Z-
dc.date.available2011-05-27T19:09:13Z-
dc.date.issued1987-10-
dc.identifier.citationBull Med Libr Assoc. 1987 Oct;75(4):291-301en_US
dc.identifier.issn0025-7338 (Print)-
dc.identifier.issn0025-7338 (Linking)-
dc.identifier.pmid3450340-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/228-
dc.description.abstractHospital health sciences libraries represent, for the vast majority of health professionals, the most accessible source for library information and services. Most health professionals do not have available the specialized services of a clinical medical librarian, and rely instead upon general information services for their case-related information needs. The ability of the hospital library to meet these needs and the impact of the information on quality patient care have not been previously examined. A study was conducted in eight hospitals in the Chicago area as a quality assurance project. A total of 176 physicians, nurses, and other health professionals requested information from their hospital libraries related to a current case or clinical situation. They then assessed the quality of information received, its cognitive value, its contribution to patient care, and its impact on case management. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents asserted that they would definitely or probably handle their cases differently as a result of the information provided by the library. Almost all rated the libraries' performance and response highly. An overview of the context and purpose of the study, its methods, selected results, limitations, and conclusions are presented here, as is a review of selected earlier research.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherMedical Library Associationen_US
dc.subject.meshAllied Health Personnelen_US
dc.subject.meshConsumer Satisfactione
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshInformation Services / utilizationen_US
dc.subject.meshLibraries, Hospital / utilizationen_US
dc.subject.meshPhysiciansen_US
dc.subject.meshQuality of Health Careen_US
dc.titleThe contribution of hospital library information services to clinical care: a study in eight hospitals.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC227744-
dc.contributor.corporatenameLibrary Research Center, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbanaen_US

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