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April 14, 1999

Electronic Information Retrieval by Physicians and Medical Librarians

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1272-1273. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-14-jac90002

To the Editor: The article by Drs Hersh and Hickam1 did not clearly state the source of physician end-user searching training. Most end-user searching training has been provided by professional medical librarians and medical library organizations, such as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine via their member libraries and their regional library offices. Medical librarians have willingly shared their searching expertise with clinicians and consumers (the patient) to empower end users to access the medical literature anywhere, any time, day or night. End users who train other end users lack the professional expertise necessary to assume the role of quality end-user trainers. That factor can affect the quality of information retrieved as well as patient outcome.

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