Implementing the information prescription protocol in a family medicine practice: a case study

J Med Libr Assoc. 2010 Jul;98(3):228-34. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.98.3.011.


Question: Can an information prescription protocol be successfully integrated into a family medicine practice seeking to enhance patient education and self-management?

Setting: Milton Family Practice, an outpatient clinic and resident teaching site of the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, is located in a semirural area fifteen miles from main campus.

Objectives: The objectives were to increase physicians' knowledge and use of information prescriptions, sustain integration of information prescription use, and increase physicians' ability to provide patient education information.

Methods: Methods used were promotion of the National Library of Medicine's Information Rx, physician instruction, installation of patient and provider workstations, and a collaborative approach to practice integration.

Main results: A post-intervention survey showed increased physician knowledge and use of the Information Rx protocol. Support procedures were integrated at the practice.

Conclusions: Sustainable integration of Information Rx in a primary care clinic requires not only promotion and education, but also attention to clinic organization and procedures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Data Collection
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prescriptions
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Care*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States