Tuesday, October 14, 2008

B - Using medical knowledge sources on handheld computers

Axelson C, Wardh I, Strender L E, Nilsson G. Using medical knowledge sources on handheld computers - A qualitative study among junior doctors. Medical Teacher 2007;29:661-618

The emergence of mobile computing could have an impact on how junior doctors learn. Interviews with five Swedish junior doctors showed that users were satisfied with access to handheld medical knowledge sources, but there was concern about contents, reliability and device dependency. Their experiences of using medical knowledge sources on handheld computers revealed the need to decrease uncertainty about clinical decisions during medical internship, and to find ways to influence the level of self-confidence in the junior doctor's process of decision-making.

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