Impact of Medical Library Services on Clinical Decision-Making among Medical Doctors: A Case Study of Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth)

  • D Abubakar
Keywords: Medical, Doctors, clinical, decision-making, library, services, Jos, Nigeria

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the impact of University of Jos Medical Library Services on Doctors’ Clinical decision-making at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). The research design used was descriptive survey, using convenient simple random techniques-a non probability sampling strategy. Questionnaire instrument was used to gather data. Data were analyzed using statistical packages for the social sciences (SPSS). Statistics used included percentages, frequencies and Chi-square to compare relationships for information decision-making and its impact on the Doctors Job performance. The results of the study revealed that information retrieved from the library had impacted on the Doctors’ clinical decision-making and most of them responded that the information were relevant. Most used sources of information are textbooks and monographs, learned journals and contact with colleagues. There exist relationships at 5% probability level for information retrieved on patient management, support of diagnosis and research purposes “AND” impact on Doctors’ job Performance. Relationship does not, however, exist between use of library “AND” service delivery. Generally, the library impacted on the Doctors’ clinical decision-making despite its huge limitations enumerated by the Doctors. Recommendations were made towards a balanced collection development of both print and non-print materials, aggressive re-sensitization and reorientation to the use of handheld digital devices for evidence-based medicine.
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