Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Healthcare Informatics and Information Synthesis: Developing and Applying Clinical Knowledge to Improve Outcomes

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Healthcare Informatics and Information Synthesis: Developing and Applying Clinical Knowledge to Improve Outcomes

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Healthcare Informatics and Information Synthesis: Developing and Applying Clinical Knowledge to Improve Outcomes J. W. Williamson, C.R. Weir, C.W. Turner, M.J. Lincoln, and M.M. Cofrin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002; 673 pp, ISBN Number 0-7619-0824-2

Medical professionals, including public health experts, make decisions that can have a profound impact on the health, well-being and activities of their patients and the public at large. Decisions must be made even when published and unpublished reports contradict one another. So, it is important to understand and use appropriate methods to draw conclusions from the existing literature.

Health Care Informatics and Information Synthesis defines information synthesis as "a systematic review of scientific literature adhering to a formal protocol". The book is a comprehensive, thoughtful, and well-organized description of important concepts related to the interpretation and use of evidence to improve health outcomes.

The chapters and writing are organized to support a rapid overview by readers interested in learning how to interpret knowledge derived from information synthesis or systematic reviews. Yet, there is sufficient detail, including comprehensive checklists, to enable novices and advanced reviewers and researchers to develop meaningful information syntheses using the detailed directions on how to gather, analyze, store and report conclusions derived from information syntheses. …

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