Knowledge Management is a beneficial framework to help health care clinicians

[German title: Wissensmanagement ist ein vorteilhafter Rahmen um Krankenhausärzten zu helfen]

A. John Orzano, Claire R. McInerney, Davida Scharf, Alfred F. Tallia, Benjamin F. Crabtree
A knowledge management model: Implications for enhancing quality in health care
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 59, Issue 3 , Pages 489 – 505

Abstract: Improving health care delivery is a pressing societal goal, and information scientists have a role in effecting change. Information science research has led to understanding theories and practices of information use within the informing professions, but information science and one of its subspecialties, Knowledge Management (KM), also have the potential to influence and enhance other professional disciplines. This concept paper makes the argument that KM is a beneficial framework to help health care clinicians manage their practices and ultimately administer quality care to their patients. The central argument is predicated on the assumption that medicine is a knowledge-based profession and that finding, sharing, and developing clinicians’ knowledge is necessary for effective primary health care practice. The authors make the case that in an environment of a burgeoning body of health care research and the adoption of technology tools, physicians can benefit from understanding effective KM practice. The model as presented here borrows from recent information science scholarship in KM and is intended to inform intervention protocols for effective KM to improve quality of care.

Index Terms: biomedical information • knowledge managment • information resources management • information use • medical personnel

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