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J Med Libr Assoc. Jul 2003; 91(3): 337–340.
PMCID: PMC164396

Family physicians' interests in special features of electronic publication

Dario M. Torre, M.D., M.P.H.,1 Scott M. Wright, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine,2 Renee F. Wilson, M.S.,2 Marie Diener-West, Ph.D.,3 and Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.4

Abstract

Objective: Because many of the medical journals read by family physicians now have an electronic version, the authors conducted a survey to determine the interest of family physicians in specific features of electronic journal publications.

Setting and Participants: We surveyed 175 family physicians randomly selected from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Results: The response rate was 63%. About half of family physicians reported good to excellent computer proficiency, and about one quarter used online journals sometimes or often. Many respondents reported high interest in having links to: an electronic medical text (48% for original articles, 56% for review articles), articles' list of references (52% for original articles, 56% for review articles), and health-related Websites (48% for original and review articles).

Conclusion: Primary care–oriented journals should consider the interests of family physicians when developing and offering electronic features for their readers.


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