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The information seeking behaviour of paediatricians accessing web-based resources
  1. Terence w Prendiville (terence.prendiville{at}gmail.com)
  1. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin12, Republic of Ireland
    1. John Fitzsimons (drjohnfitzsimons{at}hotmail.com)
    1. Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin12, Republic of Ireland
      1. Jean Saunders (jean.saunders{at}ul.ie)
      1. Statistical Consulting Unit, Dept of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland

        Abstract

        Objectives: To establish the information-seeking behaviours of paediatricians in answering every day clinical queries.

        Design: A questionnaire was distributed to every hospital-based paediatrician (paediatric registrar and consultant) working in Ireland.

        Results: We received 156 completed questionnaires, a 66.1% response. 67% of paediatricians utilized the internet as their first ‘port-of-call’ when looking to answer a medical question. 85% believe that web-based resources have improved medical practice with 88% reporting web-based resources are essential for medical practice today. 93.5% of paediatricians believe attempting to answer clinical questions as they arise is an important component in practicing evidence-based medicine. 54% of all paediatricians have recommended websites to parents or patients. 75.5% of paediatricians report finding it difficult to keep up-to-date with new information relevant to their practice.

        Conclusions: Web-based paediatric resources are of increasing significance in day-to-day clinical practice. Many paediatricians now believe that the quality of patient care depends on it. Information technology resources play a key role in helping physicians to deliver, in a time-efficient manner, solutions to clinical queries at the point-of-care.

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