Case Study: “Examining the Role of MEDLINE as a Patient Care Information Resource: an Analysis of Data From the Value of Libraries Study”
These are heady times in biomedical data science. Promising research is underway on many topics, including the nexus of open data, libraries, and patient care.
As librarians and researchers, we had a specific query in mind. We were curious whether we could use data from a study not originally intended to examine the use of PubMed/MEDLINE, to discover where and how clinicians reported using that database as an information resource affecting a clinical decision.
The high use of PubMed/MEDLINE, the world’s largest biomedical database, is well-documented in literature and in our own use statistics. We and our collaborators, Joanne Marshall, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Amber Wells, Program Manager, MDC, Inc., made finding the answer the basis for our study, Examining the role of MEDLINE as a patient care information resource: an analysis of data from the Value of Libraries.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.