Targeting and structuring information resource use: a path toward informed clinical decisions

J Contin Educ Health Prof. Fall 2004;24 Suppl 1:S13-21. doi: 10.1002/chp.1340240504.


A core skill for all physicians to master is that of information manager. Despite a rapidly expanding set of electronic and print-based information resources, clinicians continue to answer their clinical queries predominantly through informal or formal consultation. Even as new tools are brought to market, the majority of them present information in a rigid fashion, presenting cumbersome user interfaces and inflexible data presentation. The need to rethink the structure of electronic information is paramount to improving the use of evidence at the bedside. As new tools are developed and educators teach clinicians to use them, the context for use of information resources must be considered, with special attention to physician work-flow, following the three paths outlined in this article. The process will be facilitated greatly by promoting evidence-based practice for the care of patients in the hospital and clinic setting.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval*
  • Internet
  • Medical Informatics