Overcoming inertia: increasing public health departments' access to evidence-based information and promoting usage to inform practice
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Lamar Soutter Library
Access to Information; Evidence-Based Practice; Public Health
Health Services Administration | Library and Information Science | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion
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.