Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 838–844

Resident utilization of information technology

A randomized trial of clinical question formation
  • Christopher H. Cabell
  • Connie Schardt
  • Linda Sanders
  • G. Ralph Corey
  • Sheri A. Keitz
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10239.x

Cite this article as:
Cabell, C.H., Schardt, C., Sanders, L. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2001) 16: 838. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10239.x
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Abstract

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 words

internship and residency evidence-based medicine information storage and retrieval medical education MEDLINE 

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© Blackwell Science Inc 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher H. Cabell
    • 1
  • Connie Schardt
    • 2
  • Linda Sanders
    • 1
  • G. Ralph Corey
    • 1
  • Sheri A. Keitz
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.the Department of MedicineDuke University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.the Medical Center LibraryDuke University School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.the Durham VA Medical CenterDurham
  4. 4.Duke University Medical CenterDurham

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