Health care providers' information seeking: recent research

Med Ref Serv Q. 2000 Summer;19(2):27-50. doi: 10.1300/J115v19n02_03.


Recent research studies describe typical information-seeking behavior of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. This review identifies and analyzes thirty-nine studies and nine reviews published since 1990. The researchers are from many disciplines and often work in multi-disciplinary teams. They have used both quantitative and qualitative methods to gather self-report and observational data. In spite of the increased availability of online bibliographic and full-text sources in this decade, health care providers are using the same sources they used twenty years ago. Self-report studies usually show a higher use of published literature than of advice from colleagues; observational studies usually show the opposite.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Bibliographic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Information Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Information Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Care Team / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States