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Issues 2, 3, 4 (Volume 9) of the Electronic Journal of Communication contain articles which exemplify the uses of the Sense-Making Methodology which has been under development by Brenda Dervin and colleagues for the past 27 years. In contrast to most uses of the term methodology which either use the term synonymously with method or elide it into meta-theory, Sense-Making has been developed as an explicit attempt to be methodological -- i.e. to provide philosophically driven guidance for a coherent set of guiding methods for theorizing, observing, listening, analyzing, and concluding relevant to any communication practice, including research practice. Sense-Making incorporates an elaborate set of meta-theoretic assumptions, methodological premises, and specific tools including a variety of interviewing and coding approaches and a communication-as-procedure perspective which can potentially guide all research phases.
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Professor Tom Wilson was Head of the Department of Information Studies , University of Sheffield at the time this research was carried out.. He is responsible for this Web version of the report. Christina Walsh was Research Assistant to Professor Wilson. © The British Library Board 1996 The opinions express in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the British Library. British Library Research and Innovation Reports are published by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre and may be purchased as photocopies or microfiche from the British Thesis Service, British Library Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ, U.K.
The Basis for Using the Internet to Support the Information Needs of Primary Care -- Westberg and Miller 6 (1): 6Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association jamia.bmj.com 1999; 6 : 6-25 doi:10.1136/jamia.1999.0060006 The Practice of Informatics Review Paper + Author Affiliations
+ Author Affiliations CORRESPONDING AUTHOR : Ana I. González-González, MD, Gerencia Atención Primaria Área, 10 de Madrid, Avda Juan de la Cierva s/n, 28902 Getafe, Madrid, Spain, firstname.lastname@example.org Abstracts describing preliminary results were published and presented at the following meetings: Congreso de Gestión Clínica, Hospital Vall d`Hebron, Barcelona, Spain, 2003 (oral presentation); 2nd International Conference of Evidence-Based Health Care Teachers & Developers, GIMBE, Palermo, Spain, 2003 (oral presentation); XI Colloquium Cochrane, Barcelona, Spain, 2003 (poster presentation); XXIV Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria, Sevilla, Spain, 2004 (oral presentation); and XXV Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria, Santiago de Compostela, 2005 (oral presentation). A manuscript describing just the methodology used in the study has been previously published:
Interviews with 402 randomly selected health professionals identified the information habits health professionals used to stay abreast of current advances in medicine. The use of various information sources was related to such factors as their type of practice, specialty, location of practice, professional's age, and the size of their primary hospital. In addition to medical literature, the most common source, the typical responder spent one to five hours each week in discussions with colleagues. He or she also spent five to ten hours each year at local professional meetings, five to ten hours per year at state meetings, ten to 15 hours per year at national meetings, and ten to 15 hours per year at educational courses sponsored by various medical schools.