Finding answers: information needs of a multidisciplinary patient care team in an emergency department.

Madhu Reddy*, Patricia Ruma Spence

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Emergency Departments (ED) are fast-paced, information-intensive environments where patient care team members must address their information needs quickly and accurately. We conducted a qualitative field study of an ED team in a rural hospital to understand their information needs. We observed that the most commonly asked questions related to patient specific information but that they also had number of organizational questions. We also found that non-clinical members of the team, such as the unit secretary, played a critical role in helping find needed information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-653
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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