Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs.

Yoonho Seol, David R. Kaufman, Eneida A. Mendonça, James J. Cimino, Stephen B. Johnson

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Physicians' information needs routinely arise during their practice. Several studies have demonstrated that a useful way to understand the nature of the needs is to examine questions posed by physicians during the course of medical care. This paper presents an analysis of clinical questions collected when physicians were engaged in reviewing clinical cases. The main objective of the study was to investigate characteristics of the physicians' information needs to provide insight into the development of a conceptual guidance approach in information retrieval. The analysis focused on categories, search contexts, and patterns of the questions with respect to the scenarios. The results of the study showed that physicians' information needs exhibited distinct characteristics according to the scenarios, and that their needs could be expressed with a relatively small number of question patterns. These observations supported our approach of using patterns of information needs in facilitating digital information access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-310
Number of pages5
JournalMedinfo. MEDINFO
Volume11
Issue numberPt 1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Seol, Y., Kaufman, D. R., Mendonça, E. A., Cimino, J. J., & Johnson, S. B. (2004). Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs. Medinfo. MEDINFO, 11(Pt 1), 306-310.

Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs. / Seol, Yoonho; Kaufman, David R.; Mendonça, Eneida A.; Cimino, James J.; Johnson, Stephen B.

In: Medinfo. MEDINFO, Vol. 11, No. Pt 1, 01.01.2004, p. 306-310.

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Seol, Y, Kaufman, DR, Mendonça, EA, Cimino, JJ & Johnson, SB 2004, 'Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs.', Medinfo. MEDINFO, vol. 11, no. Pt 1, pp. 306-310.
Seol Y, Kaufman DR, Mendonça EA, Cimino JJ, Johnson SB. Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs. Medinfo. MEDINFO. 2004 Jan 1;11(Pt 1):306-310.
Seol, Yoonho ; Kaufman, David R. ; Mendonça, Eneida A. ; Cimino, James J. ; Johnson, Stephen B. / Scenario-based assessment of physicians' information needs. In: Medinfo. MEDINFO. 2004 ; Vol. 11, No. Pt 1. pp. 306-310.
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