Friday, January 25, 2008

January 2008 issue available online

The January 2008 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association is now available in PubMed Central.

This issue includes the next installment in our case study series; this month's article
is titled, "Synthesis of informatics literature to support institutional policy statement development" and focuses on expert searching and literature summarization to support decisions by healthcare administrators.

An excerpt from the case:
In this hypothetical case, you are approached by one of your hospital's administrators. She is the chair of the hospital's policy development committee and asks you to locate information regarding patient perceptions of their access to their own electronic health records (EHRs) to support the development of an administrative policy statement for your institution. Committee members include clinicians and informaticians who have considerable background knowledge of the matter but also value your expertise in information filtering and synthesis. Thus, the committee requests a comprehensive analysis supporting this initiative.
Reference:
Koonce TY, Sathe NA, Giuse DA, Jirjis J. Synthesis of informatics literature to support institutional policy statement development. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008 January; 96(1): 3–11.

Additional posts related to this case to follow...

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