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Junior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study
Abstract Background: Web 2.0 internet tools and metBackground: Web 2.0 internet tools and methods have attracted considerable attention as a means to improve health care delivery. Despite evidence demonstrating their use by medical professionals, there is no detailed research describing how Web 2.0 influences physicians' daily clinical practice. Hence this study examines Web 2.0 use by 35 junior physicians in clinical settings to further understand their impact on medical practice. Method: Diaries and interviews encompassing 177 days of internet use or 444 search incidents, analyzed via thematic analysis. Results: Results indicate that 53\% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80\% and 70\% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information. Conclusion: Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.k and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, [such as Google and Wikipedia] and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician".
Conclusion Results indicate that 53% of internet visiResults indicate that 53% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80% and 70% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information. Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.k and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.
Data source Interview responses  + , Survey responses  +
Doi 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.04.008 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Junior%2Bphysician%27s%2Buse%2Bof%2BWeb%2B2.0%2Bfor%2Binformation%2Bseeking%2Band%2Bmedical%2Beducation%3A%2Ba%2Bqualitative%2Bstudy%22  +
Has author Benjamin Hughes + , Indra Joshi + , Hugh Lemonde + , Jonathan Wareham +
Has domain Health +
Has topic Health information source +
Issue 10  +
Pages 645-655  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in International Journal of Medical Informatics +
Research design Grounded theory  + , Statistical analysis  +
Research questions RQ1: How often are Web 2.0 tools and internet sites used for clinical purposes? RQ2: What are the motivations and purposes for using Web 2.0 tools? RQ3: In what circumstances do physicians see that these tools can be further used in the clinical context?
Revid 10,841  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Junior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.04.008  +
Volume 78  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:16  +
Categories Health information source  + , Health  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:29:20  +
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