Foraging Theory Applied to Medical Information Searching Mai Dwairy

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Published: October 24th 2012

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204 pages


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Foraging Theory Applied to Medical Information Searching  by  Mai Dwairy

Foraging Theory Applied to Medical Information Searching by Mai Dwairy
October 24th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 204 pages | ISBN: | 4.73 Mb

Workload and other constraints prevent General Practitioners from accessing medical evidence for clinical decisions. This problem was studied in New Zealand GPs using Optimal Foraging Theory developed in ecology. GPs’ information search strategiesMoreWorkload and other constraints prevent General Practitioners from accessing medical evidence for clinical decisions. This problem was studied in New Zealand GPs using Optimal Foraging Theory developed in ecology.

GPs’ information search strategies were modelled as sequential steps associated with costs and benefits measured from logbooks of actual searches. By consulting the most profitable sources, switching sources when unsuccessful, and double checking, GPs seem close to an optimal trade-off between maximizing search success and information reliability, and minimizing searching time.

Subsidised training in information searching and provision of a literature search service are two inferred avenues to access medical evidence.



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