May 2005

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology


Oregon Health & Science University


Purpose The accumulation of medical literature has made it difficult for providers to retrieve precise answers to clinical questions. Profiling physicians and their questions may enable instructors and information brokers to better anticipate information needs. The purpose of this study was to provide empirical data exploring the relationship between the clinical questions of health professionals and their level of experience. Method A sample of thirty internal medicine physicians was recruited at the Portland VA Medical Center. Subjects were given written clinical scenarios and asked to record questions as they worked through each case. Subjects were classified according to their training level and questions were coded according to a typology adopted from the literature. Subjects were asked to furnish standardized exam scores so that knowledge within an expertise domain could be estimated.




School of Medicine



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