ERIC Number: ED180458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Based Information Services in Medicine: A Feasibility Study.
Cox, P. H.; And Others
The objectives of this study were to examine the need and potential demand for computer-based information services in the University of Otago medical libraries, to evaluate the various databases of interest, and to recommend the best means of access to such services. Data were collected through user and library surveys, an extensive literature search, and contacts with people experienced or involved in computer-based information services. Findings indicated a need for online services in New Zealand because of the following factors: (1) online systems are the only means available of accessing some important information, (2) information needs of health care practitioners are going unfulfilled because of their time constraints, and (3) online systems can be more cost-effective than manual searching of printed indexes. The study group therefore recommended that an experimental dial-access network be established for accessing MEDLINE in Australia. Appendices include instruments used in the surveys, pertinent data, and bibliography. (FM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.
Authoring Institution: Otago Univ., Dunedin (New Zealand). Medical Libraries.