Evangelos Persakis, Petros Kostagiolas, Panagiotis Kourouthanassis, Dimitris Niakas
Online information literacy, information seeking behaviour, military physicians
Studying the information seeking behaviour and preferences of military physicians is rather important for their daily operations. This work aims in identifying the information needs, the information resources employed and the obstacles physicians encounter when seeking medical information. Based on the above we discuss the essential role doctors’ online literacy skills have in everyday practices as well as in medical knowledge updating. The sample consisted of 101 military doctors working in a Greek military hospital in Attica. Data were collected using a weighted and structured questionnaire based on Wilson’s macro model for information seeking behaviour. The most important information needs of military doctors were diagnosis, treatment, research, updating of knowledge and instruction-educational issues. Scientific databases and scholarly journals were the most important information resources, and the major obstacles encountered by the doctors were paucity of time and lack of access to electronic scientific databases from the workplace. Internet and other digital information tools could provide valuable additional input into physicians’ routines and clinical practices. For this a new set of online literacy skills is required by military physicians.
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Evangelos Persakis, Petros Kostagiolas, Panagiotis Kourouthanassis, Dimitris Niakas. (2016) The Impact of Online Information Literacy on the Information Seeking Behaviour of Military Physicians. International Journal of Internet of Things and Web Services, 1, 57-63