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Understanding the business of clinical care (CLINICOS)


Please note...


The CLINICOS course ended on October 14th 2005. However, this website retains useful information and resources that may be of interest to you.


CLINICOS was the tenth of a series of 12 courses commissioned by the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) as part of the FOLIO Programme.




Welcome to the 'Understanding the business of clinical care (CLINICOS)' web pages. CLINICOS is the tenth of a series of twelve courses commissioned by the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) as part of the FOLIO Programme. CLINICOS is an online interactive course on clinical information that is being delivered by email and Web pages as part of the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) Librarian Development Programme.


The CLINICOS course began on Monday the 5th of September 2005 and ended on Friday the 14th of October 2005. To keep track of the course so far, see the CLINICOS archive. To see an outline of upcoming course materials and exercises, see the CLINICOS course timetable.


CLINICOS Course Materials...



Course aim...


This course aims to provide a broad knowledge of the clinical applications of information in modern healthcare organisations.




By the end of this course participants will be able to:


  • Understand how information can be harnessed for key clinical processes like diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • Gain confidence in working with clinicians to meet their information needs, while recognising each other's professional expertise.
  • Apply innovative techniques such as narrative based medicine and decision making to clinical situations.
  • Engage in the debate about the skills needed by clinical librarians.


Clinical information references


  • Allery L, Owen P, Robling M. (1997) Why general practitioners and consultants change their clinical practice: a critical incident study British Medical Journal 314: 870.
  • Brassey J, Elwyn G, Price C, Kinnersley P (2001) Just in time information for clinicians: a questionnaire evaluation of the ATTRACT project British Medical Journal 322: 529-530
  • Davies, M. (1990) Complex Uncertain Decisions: medical diagnosis London: HMSO
  • Greenhalgh T (2001) How to Read a Paper : the basics of evidence based medicine London: British Medical Journal Group (2nd ed.)
  • Grubb A. (1993) Choices and Decisions in Healthcare Chichester: Wiley
  • Higgs J.[Ed.] (2000) Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Sackett D, Strauss S(1998) Finding and applying evidence during clinical rounds: the "evidence cart." Journal of the American Medical Association 280: 1336-1338


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