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Med Educ. 1995 Mar;29(2):133-8.

MEDLINE training for medical students integrated into the clinical curriculum.

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Primary Care Resource Center, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.


This study was initiated in response to the availabilty of unlimited access to MEDLINE via the PaperChase interface at the host institution. The goal of the study was to analyse the usage of MEDLINE by medical students during their third-year clinical clerkship in paediatrics. This was achieved by first giving them a formal demonstration of MEDLINE and then longitudinally administering a structured questionnaire at several points during their paediatric clerkship. Since medical students were required to write a thesis for this clerkship, which included an analysis of the primary literature, there was an identified need for using the system. This study analyses the students' perceptions and searching activities after formal training and upon having unlimited access to MEDLINE.

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