Medical students poor at searching for evidence based answers
- By: Kay Seong Ngoo
Senior medical and nursing students are not efficient enough in retrieving relevant evidence based information to answer clinical questions. Nevertheless, medical students improve on their ability to answer questions after using an information retrieval system.
Information retrieval systems such as medical databases and the techniques of evidence based medicine are widely adopted by healthcare providers for research and practical purposes. This ensures that the best clinical decision and care are delivered to patients. Previous studies have focused on the user's ability to retrieve information in an educational setting. None were applied to students' ability to answer clinical questions, however. Other studies tend to focus on the ability of retrieval systems to benefit users.
Medical and nursing researchers from the United States attempted to gauge the abilities of a mixed group of 45 medical and 21 nurse practitioner students in using Medline to answer five clinical questions, after a brief orientation