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Ophthalmologists – Eye Doctors working in academic eye hospitals need, seek and use information for their services towards patient care, teaching, research, etc. The present study attempted to determine the recommendations for effective information use as preferred by the ophthalmologists.
The study design is cross sectional and convenience sampling method is adopted. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data. SPSS 18 PASW Statistical package was used for statistical analysis. Frequencies, percentages, Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal-Wallis test, Factor Analysis, Wilcoxon signed rank test were used in the study.
Around 633 ophthalmologists working in 47 academic eye hospitals from 16 states of India were included in the study. The study results revealed that majority of the ophthalmologists recommended "Advanced tools should be developed to access information" which is followed by "Allocate adequate funding for journal subscription" and "Library collection should be improved". The statistical test results showed up that there exists a significant difference between recommendations of ophthalmologists and age group, designation, experience, institution type. The two major factors of ophthalmologists’ recommendations for effective use were for library and in general. General recommendation was significantly higher than the recommendations for library factor.
The study results will be helpful to the ophthalmic libraries, ophthalmic institutions, information service providers, and ophthalmic community to provide adequate steps in line to enhance the ophthalmologists’ information use.