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Br J Gen Pract. 1999 Dec;49(449):1003-7.

An information retrieval service to support clinical decision-making at the point of care.

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  • 1Tayside Centre for General Practice, University of Dundee. f.m.sullivan@dundee.ac.uk


The information retrieval systems currently available in general practice, such as Medline, and web search engines are passive and relatively difficult to access during consultations. Emergent technologies, including the National Electronic Library for Health, offer opportunities for more active decision support. We examine the extent to which information retrieval could support primary care consultations by examining the impact of the new technology at different stages of the consultation. We advocate a system whereby professional organisations concerned with quality of care, such as the Royal College of General Practitioners, might contribute the the process.

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