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Information overload: implications for healthcare services

Wilson, T.D. (2001) Information overload: implications for healthcare services. Health Informatics Journal, 7 (2). pp. 112-117. ISSN 1741-2811

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Information overload is not a new phenomenon: the potential for it has existed ever since information became an important input to any human activity. For example, once the scientific disciplines began to clearly emerge in the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, it gradually became impossible for anyone to keep abreast of all of the work in what had been called ‘natural philosophy’. In some fields, the degree of specialization is so high that, even within the same discipline, people are unable to keep abreast of all subareas and, in fact, may be completely unable to understand some of them. This paper defines and analyses the phenomenon of information overload and seeks to present organizational therapies that address it.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Information overload, email, information technology, management, managerialism
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 13:00
Last Modified: 19 May 2009 17:28
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146045820100700210
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/146045820100700210
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8106

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