Information Assessment Method (IAM)

"I think, therefore IAM" (Descartes, Discourse on the Method, 1637)

The Information Assessment Method (IAM) systematically documents reflection on clinical information, delivered or retrieved from electronic knowledge resources. IAM enhances continuing education by stimulating reflective learning, evaluation of knowledge resources, and two-way knowledge exchange between information users and information providers. 

Here we provide information about IAM, which is linked to:

(1) email alerts,

(2) information retrieval technology, and

(3) clinical decision support systems.

Through literature reviews, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies, we have documented the feasibility, content validity, construct validity, and substantive validity (theoretical rationale) of the IAM questionnaire. When combined with a technique called Computerized Ecological Momentary Assessment, IAM efficiently evaluates the ‘relevance - cognitive impact - use - health benefits’ of information objects retrieved from (pull) or delivered by (push) knowledge resources.

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