Author(s): Harris MD, Johnson B, Patience T, Miser F
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Abstract A cross-sectional survey of U.S. Army primary care physicians was done to answer two questions: (1) which medical reference materials are Army primary care physicians currently using when deployed to a field environment? and (2) what would they like to have for medical reference in a field environment? Of 740 surveys delivered to their intended recipients, 445 (60\%) were returned. Currently, 96\% of primary care physicians use books, 37\% use journals, and 11\% use computer software in their medical reference database. Of those now using books, 72\% were satisfied with them, compared with 61\% of those using journals and 45\% of those using software. The most common book used was the Merck Manual. The most important characteristics desired in a field medical database were broad coverage, ease of use, and light weight. The majority of respondents believe that a good medial reference database is important but that current medical databases limit the quality of the medicine they practice in the field.
This article was published in Mil Med
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research