Information seeking patterns of psychiatrists during clinical practice

Health Info Libr J. 2020 Mar;37(1):78-82. doi: 10.1111/hir.12293.


This study is based on Gerardo Ruiz's doctoral thesis on the information seeking patterns of psychiatrists in Mexico City, which he completed in January 2018 from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. The paper presents the key findings from a survey and interview involving 92 psychiatrists to identify the differing roles and information behaviours of three types of mental health practitioners. Similarities and divergences were found in their behavioural patterns in obtaining information to make clinical decisions, depending on purpose for the sought information which aligned to the role of the psychiatrist and on the information contexts of institutions in which they work. The implications for practice highlighted in this study focus on the influencing factors of time and availability of sources in enabling the mental health specialist to search, disseminate and evaluate information to be used in clinical practice, as well as to have in place broader communication with colleagues in order to enrich clinical care for better diagnosis and treatment.F.J.

Keywords: information seeking behaviour; libraries, medical; mental health; social care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Information Seeking Behavior*
  • Mexico
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychiatry / standards*
  • Psychiatry / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires