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Title: Information overload within the health care system : a literature review
Authors: Hall, Amanda
Walton, Graham
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © Blackwell Science Ltd., published on behalf of the Health Libraries Group and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Citation: HALL, A. and WALTON, G., 2004. Information overload within the health care system : a literature review. Health information and libraries journal, 21, pp. 102-108
Abstract: There is a widespread view held by health clinicians that their work effectiveness is impaired by ‘information overload.’ Building upon a previous work by Wilson, a review of the literature was undertaken to look for the evidence of this. It was found that the literature, particularly in the context of the clinical environment, was limited. This review explores the diverse overarching theories of information overload, effects of the phenomenon that are perceived to occur and proposed solutions to this problem. Many of the papers noted an information explosion but only three authors explicitly attempted to measure both the quantity and the complexity of this information. It was also found that the typology of the information studied was severely limited with most studies exploring information such as guidelines, access to journals, research findings and other knowledge intensive areas. Solutions proposed seem to concentrate on technological means rather than exploring the use of humans either in management of information or as a step in the filtering process.
Description: This article is Restricted Access. It was published in the journal, Health information and libraries journal [© Blackwell Science Ltd.] and is available at: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/HIR
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3251
ISSN: 1471-1834
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