A study of the information-seeking skills of medical students and physician faculty

Debra A. DaRosa, Terrill A. Mast, Beth Dawson-Saunders, John Mazur, Don E. Ramsey, J. Roland Folse

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In the research reported here, the authors compared (a) the abilities of third-and fourth-year students and physicians to solve problems requiring review of current literature with (6) the information-seeking procedures of the three groups in researching those problems. The subjects were given a patient care question to answer, and logs were maintained to document their information-seeking processes. The findings indicated no differences among the three groups in accurately solving patient care problems; a difference in information-seeking processes between third-year students and physicians; and no differences between third-year and fourth-year students or between physicians and fourth-year students in their approaches to seeking information. Mean scores indicated that all three groups need additional training on accessing the literature in making patient care decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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