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Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2014 Oct-Dec;31(4):716-20.

[Use of information sources by recently graduated physicians of Lima].

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Escuela de Medicina, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima, Perú
Sociedad Científica de Estudiantes de Medicina, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Perú
Dirección de Evaluación y Gestión del Conocimiento, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros del Perú, Lima, Perú


In order to determine the use of information sources by recently graduated physicians of Lima, Peru in 2011, a survey was conducted among graduated physicians at seven universities. They were asked about the use of search engines in the health area during their year of medical internship [last year of medical school]. Regular use was defined as the source being used once a week or daily. For 490 respondents, regularly used information sources were SciELO, accessed by 173 (36.4%); PubMed 165 (34.4%); HINARI 117 (25.5%); UpToDate 98 (22.3%); Cochrane Library 94 (20.6%); LILACS 91 (19.8%); a hospital institutional library 70 (15.0%); LIPECS 39 (8.7%); and Peru BVS 42 (9.3%). Only a minority regularly accessed information sources related to health. It is necessary to improve capacity in the efficient use of various resources of scientific information in a continuous way and that reaches students and health professionals.

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