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Title: Health Information Literacy Among Resident Doctors of an Indian Tertiary Care Medical Institute
Authors: Raj Kumar
Issue Date: 30-Mar-2010
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/
Citation: In Proceedings of Twelfth Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Abstract: Background: -Health Information Literacy is the set of abilities needed to: recognize a health information need; identify likely information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information; assess the quality of the information and its applicability to a specific situation; and analyze, understand, and use the information to make good health decisions. Objectives: The present study was conducted to determine the information literacy skills of resident doctors of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research's Chandigarh. The curriculum design and priorities for promotion of information literacy are to be set for patient care and research. Methodology: Data was collected by using the pre tested Questionnaire from the resident doctors of the institute. Analysis of the data was done by using the SPSS computer software. Results: A sample of 236 respondents comprising of 96 senior residents and 140 junior residents using information technology services in the library was taken in the study. It was found from the total respondents that, 75.7% had attended orientation lecture delivered by the library professionals. About two third i.e 63.8% were using daily Wi-Fi connectivity in the library, 41.7% were using different search tools, 65.3% for patient care, 37.4% for research and 48.6% for thesis work. About 23.8% respondents had faced the difficulties in using the e-resources due to lack of awareness and knowledge. More than 83% doctors suggested that more orientation lecture/programs should be organized about the recent advances in Information Technology and e-resources & services available in the library. Conclusions: Information Literacy can be included in the curricula at various levels of medical education in the form of networks, e-resources, e-journals consortia, medical databases and internet resources, etc. by utilizing the existing Information Technology infrastructure. Keywords: - Information literacy, knowledge management, search skills
URI: http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/viewabstract.php?id=686&cf=7
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