OBJECTIVE: The study sought to determine whether mental health
practitioners decided to make changes in specific areas of patient or
client care as a result of information obtained from library literature
searches. METHODS: A ten-question survey was distributed to 350 mental
health professionals who had requested at least one computerized literature
search from a library affiliated with a state institute of mental health
during an eight-month period. RESULTS: A total of 70.5 percent of survey
respondents made one or more changes in their approach to patient or client
care after reviewing the information obtained through the search.
CONCLUSIONS: Access to the wide range of research and experience embodied
in the published literature is a valuable adjunct to the mental health
professional's training and personal experience.