The application and value of information sources in clinical practice: an examination of the perspective of naturopaths.

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dc.contributor.author Steel, A
dc.contributor.author Adams, J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T06:09:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation Health information and libraries journal, 2011, 28 (2), pp. 110 - 118
dc.identifier.issn 1471-1834
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17123
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: The approach of evidence-based medicine (EBM), providing a paradigm to validate information sources and a process for critiquing their value, is an important platform for guiding practice. Researchers have explored the application and value of information sources in clinical practice with regard to a range of health professions; however, naturopathic practice has been overlooked. OBJECTIVES: An exploratory study of naturopaths' perspectives of the application and value of information sources has been undertaken. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 12 naturopaths in current clinical practice, concerning the information sources used in clinical practice and their perceptions of these sources. RESULTS: Thematic analysis identified differences in the application of the variety of information sources used, depending upon the perceived validity. Internet databases were viewed as highly valid. Textbooks, formal education and interpersonal interactions were judged based upon a variety of factors, whilst validation of general internet sites and manufacturers information was required prior to use. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study will provide preliminary aid to those responsible for supporting naturopaths' information use and access. In particular, it may assist publishers, medical librarians and professional associations in developing strategies to expand the clinically useful information sources available to naturopaths.
dc.format Print-Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00929.x
dc.title The application and value of information sources in clinical practice: an examination of the perspective of naturopaths.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Health information and libraries journal
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 28
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Malden en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 110 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 118 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1103 Clinical Sciences
dc.personcode 112076
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Clinical Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000290586300004 en_US
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Questionnaires
dc.description.keywords Attitude of Health Personnel
dc.description.keywords Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
dc.description.keywords Information Dissemination
dc.description.keywords Evidence-Based Medicine
dc.description.keywords Internet
dc.description.keywords Libraries, Medical
dc.description.keywords Databases, Factual
dc.description.keywords Mentors
dc.description.keywords Naturopathy
dc.description.keywords Clinical Competence
dc.description.keywords Health Services Research
dc.description.keywords Qualitative Research
dc.description.keywords Needs Assessment
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc false


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