Health professionals (practitioners, policymakers and managers) are required to make decisions to solve clinical, policy or administrative proble ms. Many argue that these decisions ought to be based on recent research findings in order to achieve optimal health outcomes. Accessing, critiquing and implementing relevant research is difficult for health professionals given the current scenario of in formation overload and limited time. To overcome these barriers, researchers are being encouraged to translate/present their research in different ways for health professionals.
This course will provide an overview of issues in the creation, provision and retrieval of information in the health care system. A focus will be on describing the ‘actors’ in the health area, their information behaviour, and consideration of how services provided by information professionals and other information sources meet these needs. We will also consider, taking a critical approach, emerging issues in health care generally and health information specifically, and how these influence and are influenced by broader ethical, social, political, legal and economic considerations. Cross-listed with LIS 9841.
This course will examine the multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives related to knowledge translation, as well as explore the conditions under which some knowledge translation interventions are successful (or not). Leading-edge topics in the field, such as the appropriate definition evidence; knowledge brokers; networks; and the role of non-governmental organizations in knowledge translation will also be discussed. Cross-listed with HS 9623.
Information professionals play a key role in evidence-based health care (EBHC) - the application of “best evidence” to health care decisions. This course will provide an overview of EBHC methods, and teach expert searching techniques, including use of health-related indexes and databases, and software to collate and organize search results.
This course addresses the social or ‘relational’ side of health information behaviour. Following a brief review of the paradigms that informed early information seeking, retrieval and use research, we will take a critical look at some newer approaches to the study of information behaviour and associated theories, focusing on examples arising in health and health-related contexts, including information science, science and technology studies, and critical social theory. We will explore the implications of these perspectives for the study of HIS, with a particular emphasis on ways to theorize and measure the mediation of health information by different actors, across different contexts, and for a variety of explicit and less explicit purposes.