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Informatics and Literature Search 

Informatics and Literature Search
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Informatics and Literature Search
Author(s):

Jennifer J. Tieman

and David C. Currow

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0073
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date: 07 May 2021

Health information technology is changing how health professionals engage with and use knowledge and how health systems organize care. Tools and resources can facilitate access to evidence and enable its application in practice improving outcomes for the individual patient and for the health-care system. However, the quality of these applications relies on the quality and currency of the domain knowledge that is embedded within them and distributed through them. Therefore being able to identify and retrieve palliative care’s evidence base is more critical than ever. Given the complexity of timely, efficient, and effective retrieval of needed knowledge, new approaches are needed to manage the expanding and diffuse knowledge base for palliative care. Such strategies include developing online repositories of clinical knowledge to ensure immediate access and creating search solutions that shortcut access to literature and evidence to support practice, research, and education.

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