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Using research evidence in mental health: User-rating and focus group study of clinicians' preferences for a new clinical question-answering service

Barley, Elizabeth A., Murray, Joanna and Churchill, Rachel (2009) Using research evidence in mental health: User-rating and focus group study of clinicians' preferences for a new clinical question-answering service Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26 (4). pp. 298-306.

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Background and objectives: Clinicians report difficulties using research in their practices. The aim of the study was to describe needs and preferences for a mental health clinical question-answering service designed to assist this process. Method: Multi-disciplinary clinicians participated in a focus group; users of the service supplied feedback. Results: Fifty-four clinicians received answers to 84 questions about mental health treatments. User ratings showed that the answers had multiple uses: informing health care (43), education (22), staff development (28) and research (12), and were considered useful, clear, relevant and helpful. Focus group participants appreciated critically appraised summaries of evidence and stressed the time-saving benefit of the service. Clinicians without a medical training were least confident in applying evidence. Attitudes to research were positive, but concern was expressed about its potential misuse for political purposes. This appeared to arise from an ambiguity around the term 'insufficient evidence', which participants felt is widely misinterpreted as 'evidence of no effect'. Conclusions: A highly valued, responsive service has been developed. A range of clinicians find critically appraised summaries of research useful. Education about the use of research may help clinicians to be more evidence based. © 2009 Health Libraries Group.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Barley, Elizabeth
Murray, Joanna
Churchill, Rachel
Date : 17 November 2009
DOI : 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2008.00833.x
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © 2009 Health Libraries Group
Uncontrolled Keywords : article, clinical practice, clinical question answering service, evidence based practice, health education, human, information processing, information service, medical education, medical information system, medical research, mental health, normal human, personnel management, physician, physician attitude, priority journal, satisfaction, technique, user rating, Biomedical Research, Evidence-Based Medicine, Focus Groups, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Library Science, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Patient Satisfaction, Physicians, Questionnaires
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 19 Jul 2019 15:48
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2019 15:48

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