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  1. Schlegel, Cara S. MS, RN
  2. Yoder, Linda H. PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN
  3. Jones, Terry L. PhD, RN


Health care organizations have invested resources to implement and upgrade information systems capable of collecting large quantities of data. Recent technology developments have created a renewed interest in studying clinician information needs. However, a common definition and analysis of the concept clinical information needs have not been provided. Walker and Avant's method was used to perform a concept analysis. Following a review of relevant literature, a clinical information need was defined as a conscious expression, which can be verbal or nonverbal, of a desire for knowledge to answer clinical questions in the course of decision making to deliver patient care.