Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Internet-based Information Usage Pattern of Paediatricians: A Survey of Southern Punjab, Pakistan
This study reports the results of a survey of 40 paediatricians working in teaching hospitals in Southern Punjab. The survey was undertaken to ascertain how paediatricians keep abreast with current development in their field; their purpose for using internet- based resources, databases and search engines being used more frequently and difficulties being faced. This study used a structured questionnaire which was distributed among the paediatricians in four public teaching hospitals by convenience sampling. The findings show that majority of the respondents use internet for obtaining medical information, literature search and online clinical guidelines through using a personal computer at home and personal digital assistant. Most of the respondents start their search from search engines i.e. Google or yahoo to search Medline/ PublMed and E-medicine & Medscape databases for their required information. Inadequate number of computers in libraries was reported as a major barrier.