The persistence of clinical questions across shifts on an intensive care unit: An observational pilot study

Blair Anton, Sue M. Woodson, Claire Twose, Nancy K. Roderer

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Abstract

How do clinical questions emerge and move toward resolution in the intensive care setting over the course of 24 hours? In a 20-bed surgical intensive care unit in a large, tertiary-care teaching hospital, informationists shadowed clinicians for 2 48-hour periods to record questions, noting when they were asked and whether they were answered. Thirty-eight percent of 112 recorded questions remained unanswered. Some unanswered questions persisted across shifts, and clinicians' information-seeking behaviors changed over time. Clinical information services can be improved and integrated more fully into clinical workflows based on a fuller understanding of the life cycle of clinical inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Volume102
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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