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Table 5 The association between use of MEDLINE/full-text articles and the score of skills of PC use and information searching among 285 students; three binary logistic regression models A, B and C, adjusted for duration of studies

From: A survey of the use of electronic scientific information resources among medical and dental students

A. Use of MEDLINE in studies (yes/no) Relative Risk 95% CI p
Gender (female vs. male) 1.83 0.93–3.68 ns
Search skills1 1.00 ---  
   intermediate 2.67 1.26–5.63 0.01
   highest 5.90 2.33–14.9 0.000
PC skills 1 1.00 ---  
   Intermediate 1.61 0.44–3.59 ns
   Highest 1.06 0.44–2.51 ns
Medical student (medical vs. dental) 0.87 0.39–1.90 ns
B. Use of MEDLINE in research (yes/no) Relative Risk 95% CI  
Gender (female vs. male) 1.83 0.98–3.43 ns
Search skills1 1.00 ---  
   intermediate 1.34 0.69–2.59 ns
   highest 4.32 2.03–9.20 0.000
PC skills 1 1.00 ---  
   Intermediate 2.00 1.01–3.97 0.045
   Highest 2.68 1.23–1.97 0.013
Medical student (medical vs. dental) 0.95 0.48–1.84 ns
C. Use of full-text articles (yes/no) Relative Risk 95% CI  
Gender (female vs. male) 1.75 0.93–3.27 ns
Search skills1 1.00 ----  
   intermediate 6.18 3.03–12.59 0.000
   highest 13.94 6.07–32.0 0.000
PC skills 1 1.00 ----  
   Intermediate 0.72 0.35–1.50 ns
   Highest 0.67 0.29–1.51 ns
Medical student (medical vs. dental) 1.86 0.94–3.68 ns
  1. 1 Scales were divided in tertiles separately for medical and dental students (lowest/intermediate/highest level)