The Information Assessment Method

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Many clinically relevant research studies are published daily; thus, it is difficult for physicians and pharmacists (indeed all healthcare professionals) to find the time to absorb this new knowledge. Electronic knowledge resources, specifically the pre-appraised evidence resources, can help family physicians in two ways. These resources provide clinical information to answer clinical questions at the point of care (Pull Technology) (e.g. Up-To-Date and Essential Evidence Plus), and they raise awareness of new research through information delivery systems (Push Technology) (e.g. Daily POEMs and e-Therapeutics+ Highlights educational emails). These EKR are credible pre-appraised evidence resource summarizes and provides evidence-based clinical recommendations which are the results of research studies that have been selected for clinical relevance and critically appraised for methodological quality. These resources: (i) are selected based on evidence grading methodology and criteria, (ii) present the date of evidence review for each piece of information, (iii) correlate the treatment recommendations to the specific evidence, and (iv) are continuously revised and updated. The value of information can be conceptualized as, the acquisition of information, associated cognitive impact, its use or application and, information related patient health benefits (1, 2). The presence of a feedback system can enable researchers to assess the value of information: the reasons why
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