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Title: An assessment of the information needs and sources of information used by physicians in three government healthcare delivery facilities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigiera.
Authors: Komolafe-Opadeji, H. O.
Keywords: Secondary Heath Care Delivery System
Users studies
Information needs of doctors
Internet facilities
Hospital libraries
Health librarians
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Ogun State Chapter of Nigerian Library Assocaition
Abstract: Doctors are not all knowing, although they are familiar with about 400 diseases that are frequently encountered in general practice. They seek health information for different motives such as the need to acquire answers to patients' enquiries; keeping abreast of clinical information and most importantly, patient care. This is a user study aimed at identifying the participating physicians' information needs, sources of information used, as well as the credence of internet or technology in gathering of information needed. A structured questionnaire was the research instrument used and the research subjects were the physicians in three general hospitals in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Seventy copies of a questionnaire were administered and collected back for analysis. Result showed that study participants had information needs such as patients management(97%), drug therapy and drug interactions(70%); new therapies(60%), new technologies in patients care(56%), and hospital administration (20%). With no existing libraries within the hospitals where they practice, they largely depend on colleagues(90%) and web- based free medical resources(80%). The study recommends the involvement of health librarians in mapping out strategies to establish hospital libraries in hospitals in the state and the provision of functional internet facilities backed by subscription to reputable online medical databases for a better SHC delivery system.
ISSN: 1119-6041
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