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Med J Aust. 1999 Jan 18;170(2):56-8.

General practitioners' use of evidence databases.

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Needs Assessment and Health Outcomes Unit, Central Sydney Area Health Service, Newtown, NSW.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the awareness and use of the Cochrane Library and access to the Internet by general practitioners in New South Wales.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional postal survey in September 1997.

PARTICIPANTS:

311 of 428 (73% response rate) randomly selected general practitioners in New South Wales.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Proportion of respondents with access to the Internet at home or at work; proportion of respondents aware of, with access to, and ever using the Cochrane Library; independent predictors of awareness of the Cochrane Library.

RESULTS:

134 respondents (43%) had access to the Internet either at home or at work; 42 (14%) were "on line" at their workplace. Seventy (22%) were aware of the Cochrane Library, although only 20 (6%) had access to it and 13 (4%) had ever used it. Those in group practice and members of Divisions were independently more likely to be aware of the Cochrane Library.

CONCLUSIONS:

As patient outcomes will improve with systematic implementation of evidence-based treatments, these low rates of access to useful evidence databases raise issues regarding the best ways to support general practitioners with information technology.

PMID:
10026683
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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