Author(s): Ahmed AM, Yousif E, Abdalla ME
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Abstract Patterns of use of the Internet were investigated by a questionnaire survey of 102 hospital doctors and 123 medical students in Khartoum, Sudan, in January 2005. More doctors (84.3\%) had used the Internet than had students (78.9\%). Half of consultants (55.0\%) used the Internet daily, compared with only 18.2\% of junior doctors. Many consultants and junior doctors rated their abilities as poor (60.0\% and53.1\%). One-third of students (33.3\%) used the Internet only for personal and not for academic purposes. Barriers to greater use of the Internet by doctors included: time constraints (80.2\%), poor skills (54.6\%), no access to full texts of journal articles (53.4\%), difficulty in verifying the quality of information (47.6\%) and high costs (41.8\%). Students faced similar barriers but also listed poor knowledge of the English language.
This article was published in East Mediterr Health J
and referenced in Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review