Access to the online evidence base: a survey of the Northern and Yorkshire region

P. Wilson, I. Watt, J. Glanville

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


AIMS: To assess the awareness and use of NHSnet within general practice and to investigate the presence of skills necessary to maximise the benefits of NHSnet connections. METHODS: Postal questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews. PARTICIPANTS: General practice and Primary Care Trust staff. RESULTS: At least one completed questionnaire was obtained from 65% of the general practices surveyed, and the individual response rate to the general practice survey was 44%. 90% of all respondents reported that their practice was connected to NHSnet, with 59% of respondents reporting that they use NHSnet at least once a week. Whilst NHSnet is most commonly used to search for research information or guidance, all respondents in this survey still report greater access to and use of paper-based information resources. CONCULSIONS: Since our 1999 survey, reported NHSnet connectivity has increased greatly, with a majority of respondents reporting that they use NHSnet at least once a week. Given the recent implementation of NHSnet and the developing (ie early) stage of some online resources, this level of uptake is encouraging.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork, UK
PublisherNHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Number of pages58
ISBN (Print)1 900640 25 2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

Publication series

NameCRD Report
PublisherNHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Bibliographical note

© 2003 NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York. Available from the CRD web site.

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