An information retrieval service to support clinical decision-making at the point of care

Frank Sullivan*, M. Gardner, K. Van Rijsbergen

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Abstract

The information retrieval systems currently available in general practice, such as Medline, and web search engines are passive and relatively difficult to access during consultations. Emergent technologies, including the National Electronic Library for Health, offer opportunities for more active decision support. We examine the extent to which information retrieval could support primary care consultations by examining the impact of the new technology at different stages of the consultation. We advocate a system whereby professional organisations concerned with quality of care, such as the Royal College of General Practitioners, might contribute the the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1007
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Volume49
Issue number449
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999

Keywords

  • Decision-making
  • Information retrieval
  • Information technology

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