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Table 1 Medical knowledge seeking practices of the sample (n 86)

From: Knowledge seeking behaviours of pre interns and early career doctors in Sri Lanka: a cross sectional study

Variable Number Percentage
Primary source of reference for medical information
Textbooks 32 37.2
Online sources (other than textbooks and guidelines) 26 30.2
Guidelines 19 22.1
Expert opinion 8 9.3
Peer opinion 1 1.2
Most preferred online source for daily medical practice
Google searching 19 22.1
Google scholar 8 9.3
Wikipedia 8 9.3
Uptodate 22 25.6
Emedicine 36 41.9
Blogs 3 3.5
Other 1 1.2
Ever having accessed one of the following indexing services/databases for evidence based knowledge or research
PubMed 76 88.4
Cochrane library 34 39.5
Scopus 3 3.5
EMBASE 4 4.7
Web of science 5 5.8
HINARI 67 77.9
Familiarity with systematic reviews
Yes 52 60.5
No 10 11.6
Unclear 24 27.9
Familiarity with narrative reviews
Yes 12 14.0
No 54 62.8
Unclear 20 23.2
Familiarity with meta-analysis
Yes 50 58.1
No 3 3.5
Unclear 23 26.7
Correctly identified the difference between a systematic review and a meta-analysis 5 5.8
Unfamiliar with Cochrane reviews 21 24.4
Having ever read a Cochrane systematic review 37 43.0
Active involvement with Cochrane collaboration 1 1.2
Having ever read any review either systematic or narrative 52 60.5
Having authorship in a systematic or a narrative review 1 1.2
Respondents perception of a reference source for best evidence
Guidelines 7 8.1
Journal articles accessed through indexing services 29 33.7
Cochrane reviews 6 7.0
Google scholar 5 5.8
Expert opinion 1 1.2
UpToDate 12 14.0
Medscape/eMedicine 6 7.0
Textbooks 5 5.8
Other/not answered 10 11.6