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Results of an assessment of information needs among speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Idaho.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18379669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The research assesses the information needs of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists in Idaho and identifies specific needs for training in evidence-based practice (EBP) principles and searching EBP resources.
METHODS: A survey was developed to assess knowledge and skills in accessing information. Questionnaires were distributed to 217 members of the Idaho Speech-Language-Hearing Association, who were given multiple options to return the assessment survey (web, email, mail). Data were analyzed descriptively and statistically.
RESULTS: The total response rate was 38.7% (84/217). Of the respondents, 87.0% (73/84) indicated insufficient knowledge and skills to search PubMed. Further, 47.6% (40/84) indicated limited knowledge of EBP. Of professionals responding, 52.4% (44/84) reported interest in learning more about EBP and 47.6% (40/84) reported interest in learning to search PubMed. SLPs and audiologists who graduated within the last 10 years were more likely to respond online, while those graduating prior to that time preferred to respond via hard copy. DISCUSSIONS/CONCLUSION: More effort should be made to ensure that SLPs and audiologists develop skills in locating information to support their practice. Results from this information needs assessment were used to design a training and outreach program on EBP and EBP database searching for SLPs and audiologists in Idaho.
Ruiling Guo; Barbara A Bain; Janene Willer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA     Volume:  96     ISSN:  1558-9439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Libr Assoc     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-01     Completed Date:  2008-04-11     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132728     Medline TA:  J Med Libr Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  138-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Sciences Librarian, Idaho Health Sciences Library, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83209-8116, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Databases as Topic / utilization
Education, Continuing / statistics & numerical data
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Information Services / utilization*
Internet / utilization
Middle Aged
Needs Assessment*
Periodicals as Topic / utilization
Speech-Language Pathology / statistics & numerical data*
Grant Support
N01-LM-1-3516/LM/NLM NIH HHS

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