May 21, 2022

Case Study: “Examining the Role of MEDLINE as a Patient Care Information Resource: an Analysis of Data From the Value of Libraries Study”

From Data Science@NIH Blog:

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.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.