Information management is based on the key formula to finding useful information regarding patient care:
Variables1. Relevance = direct applicability of information to patient care and focuses on 3 qualifications:
2. Validity = technical rigor that is the focus of EBM
3. Work = the time, money, or effort required to obtain an answer to a clinical question.
So the ideal resource is one that has direct relevance and high validity in answering your patient care-related question, which takes the least amount of effort to obtain.
A proposed new approach
The authors propose tools and skills that can help us with information management.
Information tools are divided into:
1. "Foraging tools" to allow clinicians to "keep up" with literature
What skills should be taught in Information Management?
A nice summative quote from the article about why Information Management will be a key skill for today's and tomorrow's physicians:
To keep pressing the standard of EBM approach is like asking everyone who wishes to make a cake to buy the wheat to grind their own flour, refine their own sugar, and extract their own flavorings before ever starting the cake. Cakes aren’t made this way.
Questions for you: