One thing I’m wrestling with is the different types of information needs of clinicians. I’m interested – at the moment – in two broad distinctions:
- Broad – user typically wants background information e.g. eTextbook
- Specific – user wants to answer a specific question e.g. what is the best antidepressant in pregnancy?
TRIP is set-up to answer specific questions. While we have eTextbooks they appear lower down in the search results (as they are typically of lower quality) so, for a user to consistently see them, needs to click the eTextbook filter.
But can TRIP do more for Broad information needs? Are clinicians conscious of the differences; do they approach TRIP thinking ‘I need background information?’.
Perhaps we need a prominent ‘show background information’ button? Seems slightly clumsy to be, but plenty of time to ponder!