B – The information-seeking behaviour of doctors

Davies K. The information-seeking behaviour of doctors: a review of the evidence. Health Information and Libraries Journal 2007; 24(2): 78-94.

This paper provides a narrative review of the available literature from the past 10 years that focus on the information seeking behaviour of doctors, dividing it in three sub-themes: Information Needs of Doctors, Information Seeking by Doctors, Information Sources Utilized by Doctors. The review is wide ranging and it would seem that the traditional methods of face-to-face communication and use of hard-copy evidence still prevail amongst qualified medical staff in the clinical setting, while the use of new technologies in information provision may be of influence in the future.