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We designed an exploratory study to find out what information resources are available to New Mexico health care practitioners not currently affiliated with the University of New Mexico. We conducted semi-structured interviews of a purposive sample of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists at the location of their practice in all quadrants of the state, including public health clinics. The interview included nine open-ended questions, which were approved by the UNM Human Research Protections Office. Interviews were recorded on an iPad, transcribed, and coded using nVivo (QSR International), a qualitative data coding software package. Fifty-one practitioners particiipated. Their responses indicate that New Mexico pracitioners not affiliated with UNM: are satisfied with their access to information resources to support clinical decision making; are not satisfied with information resources for their patients; would like access to a wider variety of information resources for both clinical information and for their patients.

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Health Information Disparities, Information Needs, New Mexico Health Care Practitioners


Poster presented at the New Mexico Public Health Association and the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement & Science on Health Disparities National Health Disparities 2014 Joint Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 30-April 2, 2014.


UNM Community Engagement Mini-Grant and National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Outreach Subcontract

Are There Disparities in Health Information Access Among New Mexico Practitioners? Results of a Study