A healthy option? The provision, access and use of health information by academics, professionals and consumers in the UK
thesisposted on 28.01.2011 by Janet Harrison
In order to distinguish essays and pre-prints from academic theses, we have a separate category. These are often much longer text based documents than a paper.
This thesis explores the statement that the health information needs and behaviour of the general public, namely health information consumers are comparable with those of academics, health and social care professionals. The research has been conducted in the broad Interpretist tradition, seeking to understand rather than merely explain human behaviour. A model depicting the health information and knowledge environment has been developed to show the how the infonnation behaviour of the various populations in the research are interpreted and where they are placed. The provision, access and use of health information by consumers is the focus of the inner core of the model and is the first theme of the thesis. Several discrete groups of the information poor are investigated to explore their information needs and behaviour. The middle layer of the model depicts the second theme of this thesis focusing on the attitudes of academics, health and social care professionals in their use and access of health information and IT in everyday practice. The information behaviour of the health information and library professional is the focus of the third theme of the thesis and is represented by the outer layer of the model. This theme explores the detail and the contribution of the role to the clinical team, the use of Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Governance. Conclusions support the opening statement that the health information needs and behaviour of the general public, namely health information consumers are comparable with those of academics, health and social care professionals. Recommendations are made to promote better and more frequent use of health information and health information professionals in the everyday practice of health and social care; to improve the access and provision of health information for consumers.
- Information Science