Managing information overload

Gemma Siemensma
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00678
Published online: 18 August 2014

To the Editor: Gee's introduction to a recent issue of the Journal discussed the impact that the overwhelming growth of health information has on doctors.1 While it is true that doctors are an important mainstay of advice to patients, health librarians are an important resource to doctors. Health librarians are trained to acquire, organise and disseminate credible information resources which enable doctors to find the best evidence to support clinical decision making.2

  • Library, Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, VIC.


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  • 1. Gee C. Managing information overload [in this issue]. Med J Aust 2014; 200: 365. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Holst R, Funk CJ, Adams HS, et al. Vital pathways for hospital librarians: present and future roles. J Med Libr Assoc 2009; 97: 285-292.
  • 3. Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, et al. The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study. J Med Libr Assoc 2013; 101: 38-46.
  • 4. Revere D, Turner AM, Madhavan A, et al. Understanding the information needs of public health practitioners: a literature review to inform design of an interactive digital knowledge management system. J Biomed Inform 2007; 40: 410-421.


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