Resident utilization of information technology
- Christopher H. CabellAffiliated withthe Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine Email author
- , Connie SchardtAffiliated withthe Medical Center Library, Duke University School of Medicine
- , Linda SandersAffiliated withthe Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
- , G. Ralph CoreyAffiliated withthe Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
- , Sheri A. KeitzAffiliated withthe Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicinethe Durham VA Medical Center
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OBJECTIVE: To determine if a simple educational intervention can increase resident physician literature search activity.
DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial.
SETTING: University hospital-based internal medicine training program.
PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Forty-eight medical residents rotating on the general internal medicine service.
INTERVENTIONS: One-hour didactic session, the use of well-built clinical question cards, and practical sessions in clinical question building.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Objective data from the library information system that included the number of log-ons to MEDLINE, searching volume, abstracts viewed, full-text articles viewed, and time spent searching. Median search activity as measured per person per week (control vs intervention): number of log-ons to MEDLINE (2.1 vs 4.4, P<.001); total number of search sets (24.0 vs 74.2, P<.001); abstracts viewed (5.8 vs 17.7, P=.001); articles viewed (1.0 vs 2.6, P=.005); and hours spent searching (0.8 vs 2.4, P<.001).
CONCLUSIONS: A simple educational intervention can markedly increase resident searching activity.
Key wordsinternship and residency evidence-based medicine information storage and retrieval medical education MEDLINE
- Resident utilization of information technology
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 16, Issue 12 , pp 838-844
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- internship and residency
- evidence-based medicine
- information storage and retrieval
- medical education
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- 1. the Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, USA
- 3. the Medical Center Library, Duke University School of Medicine, USA
- 4. the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC