Resident utilization of information technology: A randomized trial of clinical question formation


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To determine if a simple educational intervention can increase resident physician literature search activity. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: University hospital-based internal medicine training program. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Forty-eight medical residents rotating on the general internal medicine service. INTERVENTIONS: One-hour didactic session, the use of wellbuilt clinical question cards, and practical sessions in clinical question building. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Objective data from the library information system that included the number oflog-ons to MEDLINE, searching volume, abstracts viewed, full-text articles viewed, and time spent searching. Median search activity as measured per person per week (control vs intervention): number of log-ons to MEDLINE (2.1 vs 4.4, P < .001); total number of search sets (24.0 vs 74.2, P < .001); abstracts viewed (5.8 vs 17.7, P = .001); articles viewed (1.0 vs 2.6, P = .005); and hours spent searching (0.8 vs 2.4, P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: A simple educational intervention can markedly increase resident searching activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cabell, CH; Schardt, C; Sanders, L; Corey, GR; Keitz, SA

Published Date

  • December 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 838 - 844

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-8734

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10239.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus