Information in practice: analysis of questions asked by family doctors regarding patient care.

Ely JW, Osheroff JA, Ebell MH, Bergus GR, Levy BT, Chambliss ML, Evans ER. Analysis of questions asked by family doctors regarding patient care. BMJ. 1999 Aug 7;319(7206):358-61.

  • Family doctors frequently had questions about patient care (about 3 questions per 10 patients or 8 questions per day) but pursued answers to only 40 percent of them. Of those pursued, 80% were answered.
  • An answer was pursued when the problem was perceived as urgent and when a definitive answer was thought to exist.