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Access to the online evidence base: a survey of the Northern and Yorkshire region

Wilson, P., Glanville, J. and Watt, I. (2003) Access to the online evidence base: a survey of the Northern and Yorkshire region. Research Report. CRD Report (23). NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination , York, UK.

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Abstract

AIMS: To assess the awareness and use of NHSnet within general practice and to investigate the presence of skills necessary to maximise the benefits of NHSnet connections.

METHODS: Postal questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews.

PARTICIPANTS: General practice and Primary Care Trust staff.

RESULTS: At least one completed questionnaire was obtained from 65% of the general practices surveyed, and the individual response rate to the general practice survey was 44%.

90% of all respondents reported that their practice was connected to NHSnet, with 59% of respondents reporting that they use NHSnet at least once a week. Whilst NHSnet is most commonly used to search for research information or guidance, all respondents in this survey still report greater access to and use of paper-based information resources.

CONCULSIONS: Since our 1999 survey, reported NHSnet connectivity has increased greatly, with a majority of respondents reporting that they use NHSnet at least once a week. Given the recent implementation of NHSnet and the developing (ie early) stage of some online resources, this level of uptake is encouraging.

Item Type: Monograph (Research Report)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York. Available from the CRD web site.
Academic Units: The University of York > Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (York)
The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2008 17:02
Published Version: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/crdreports.htm
Status: Published
Publisher: NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination Report 23
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1156

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