The literature sources used in 461 consecutive problem-oriented questions submitted during 1993 to a Drug Information Centre were reviewed retrospectively.
Journals were the most frequently used literature source (36% of all quotations).
Commonly used medical and clinical pharmacology journals, together with standard textbooks, provided the necessary information to solve more than 50% of drug information requests.
Most questions could be answered by including the complementary use of the question/answer database Drugline.
Drug information access is important for the improvement of rational use of drugs.
According to the present study, this activity is possible with a fairly limited number of sources.
Mots-clés Pascal : Centre information, Médicament, Référence bibliographique, Littérature, Source information
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Information center, Drug, Bibliographic reference, Literature, Information source
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0004467
Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 01/03/1996.