An introduction to clinical decision support systems

Mary Moore, Kimberly A. Loper

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Library support of clinical decision making ranges from passive (traditional library collections of books and journals) to highly active (professional services, such as clinical medical librarians, LATCH, and informationists). Support of mobile computing resources and subscriptions to point-of-care services, such as UpTo-Date® and DynaMed®, moves libraries toward interactive resources to aid health care providers in their decisions about specific patient questions but stops short of the tools described herein that specifically support clinical decision making. Librarians seeking to add robust clinical decision support systems should partner with clinicians and medical educators to weigh usability, ability to integrate with electronic health records and other systems, accuracy, reliability, depth of knowledge base, and improvements to process and patient outcomes, along with costs, which can be substantial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-366
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • CDSSs
  • Clinical decision support systems
  • DDSSs
  • Diagnostic decision support systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Health(social science)


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