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Paediatric physicians’ experience and practice of information literacy for child healthcare provision in Nigeria

Samuel researches into the factors influencing the information literacy experience and practice of paediatric physicians in Nigeria towards the delivery of child health care. His research analyses the existing methods through which the physicians’ acquire information capabilities. It asses the contributions of their personal, social and cognitive learning experiences towards engaging in the type of information practices germane to delivering health care to their patients.

Literature reviewed tends to suggest that currently, the development of capacity for information literacy for individuals is more dependent on formal instructions which do not emphasise the personal, organizational and social characteristics that are believed by social constructivists to be important contributors to the development of information literacy practice capability. The research examines the aggregate factors necessary for affording the physicians the right type of exposure and capacity to be effective in information practice for healthcare delivery, particularly taking interest in the social dimensions to experiencing and practicing information literacy which are situated within the context of the physicians’ healthcare delivery roles.

Samuel’s study intends to highlight the imperative of opening up the healthcare information literacy space for paediatric physicians to utilize every available social affordance such as recognising the role of situated discoveries, harnessing collective organizational knowledge, an active engagement within the community of practice, and various other non-formal means to enhance their personal experiences and practice of information literacy. The research is intended to contribute to improving on the overall impact of the paediatric physicians’ patient management activities by enhancing their capacity to take the best possible decisions about their patients through adequate access to, and capacity for medical information use, in tune with evidence-based practice.




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