ERIC Number: ED026100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Information Searching Behavior of Physicians.
Trueswell, R.W.; Rubenstein, A.H.
The purpose of this study was to provide some preliminary data about the information-searching behavior of the physician in order to (1) facilitate the development of models describing the search behavior and (2) provide the behavioral data necessary for the development of effective information retrieval systems for use by the medical profession. In this report, the relationship between various factors that are involved with the physician's information- searching behavior are graphically displayed in a model, while a second figure diagrams the various sources of information, with the physician as a center point. To provide data for a small part of the overall system shown in the model, an exploratory study was conducted to obtain background information about the physician's information-searching activities. Based on interviews held with internal medicine specialists on the staff of a large metropolitan hospital, sources of information for these physicians were identified and the use of these sources was examined. Suggestions for future studies and activities involve collecting additional validating data, using this behavioral data in developing a theory, and eventually developing information services for the physician designed to improve his information-searching behavior. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.
Note: Based on a paper presented at the National Meeting of the Operations Research Society of America (30th, Durham, October 17-19, 1968).