Title

Overcoming inertia: increasing public health departments' access to evidence-based information and promoting usage to inform practice

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Lamar Soutter Library

Date

1-2014

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Access to Information; Evidence-Based Practice; Public Health

Disciplines

Health Services Administration | Library and Information Science | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Abstract

In 2010, the New England Region-National Network of Libraries of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School received funding to improve information access for public health departments in 6 New England states and Colorado. Public health departments were provided with desktop digital access to licensed e-resources available through special pricing. In January through mid-April 2012, we evaluated the effectiveness of providing access to and training for using e-resources to public health department staff to motivate usage in practice. We found that additional strategies are needed to accomplish this.

Comments

Citation: LaPelle NR, Dahlen K, Gabella BA, Juhl AL, Martin E. Overcoming inertia: increasing public health departments' access to evidence-based information and promoting usage to inform practice. Am J Public Health. 2014 Jan;104(1):77-80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301404.

Related Resources

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