Organizing for Knowledge Management: The Cancer Information Service as an Exemplar

Organizing for Knowledge Management: The Cancer Information Service as an Exemplar

J. David Johnson (University of Kentucky, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-933-5.ch186
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Abstract

The Cancer Information Service is a knowledge management organization, charged with delivering information to the public concerning cancer. This chapter describes how societal trends in consumer/client information behavior impact clinical knowledge management. It then details how the CIS is organized to serve clients and how it can interface with clinical practice by providing referral, by enhancing health literacy, by providing a second opinion, and by giving crucial background, assurance to clients from neutral third party. The CIS serves as a critical knowledge broker, synthesizing and translating information for clients before, during, and after their interactions with clinical practices; thus enabling health professionals to focus on their unique functions.

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