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Clinical Information Seeking in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of Veterans Health Administration Polytrauma Care Team Members

Article

An article that examines the additional information and sources needed for polytrauma care team members when diagnosing traumatic brain injury.

Abstract

Background: The polytraumatic nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI) makes diagnosis and treatment difficult. Objectives: To (1) characterise information needs among Veterans Health Administration (VHA) polytrauma care team members engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of TBI; (2) identify sources used for TBI related information; and (3) identify barriers to accessing TBI related information. Methods: Cross-sectional online survey of 236 VHA polytrauma care team members. Results: Most respondents (95.8%) keep at least somewhat current regarding TBI, but 31.5% need more knowledge on diagnosing TBI and 51.3% need more knowledge on treating TBI. Respondents use VHA affiliated sources for information, including local colleagues (81.7%), VHA offsite conferences/meetings (78.3%) and onsite VHA educational offerings (73.6%); however, limited time due to administrative responsibilities (50.9%), limited financial resources (50.4%) and patient care (50.4%) were prominent barriers. Discussion: Medical librarians are in a unique position to develop information services, resources and other electronic tools that reflect the clinical context in which polytrauma care team members practice, and the different tasks they perform. Conclusion: Polytrauma care team members could benefit from additional information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of TBI. Addressing their information needs and supporting their information seeking requires a mulit-pronged approach to time and financial constraints.

Full Reference

Hogan, T., Martinez, R., Evans, C., Saban, K., Proescher, E., Steiner, M., Smith, B. (2018). Clinical Information Seeking in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of Veterans Health Administration Polytrauma Care Team Members. Health Information and Libraries Journal. Vol: 35 (1), p.38-49.