Information needs in office practice: are they being met?

Covell, DG, Uman, GC, Manning, PR, Information Needs in Office Practice: Are They Being Met? Ann Intern Med 1985;103(4):596-9.

The study examined the self-reported needs of 47 physicians during a half day of typical office practice.

  • Physicians self-report that they need answers, on average, once per week.
  • Physicians have about 2 questions for every 3 patients seen.
  • Only 30% of clinical questions were answered, usually by another physician or other health care professional.