Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Killoran E. Electronic Information Retrieval by Physicians and Medical Librarians. JAMA. 1999;281(14):1272–1273. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-14-jac90002
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