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Table 3 Doctors' perceptions of potential drawbacks of the personal digital assistant (PDA)

From: How residents and interns utilise and perceive the personal digital assistant and UpToDate

Function Agree*
Fear of loss and breakage 69 (51.5)
Prefer desktops 61 (45.5)
Prefer paper 57 (42.5)
Cumbersome to carry 49 (36.6)
Short battery life 45 (33.6)
Limited memory 42 (31.3)
Difficult data entry 41 (30.6)
Fear of over-reliance 39 (29.1)
Screen too small 30 (22.4)
Looks unprofessional 22 (16.4)
Too technical 19 (14.2)
Works too slowly 17 (12.7)
  1. * Data are presented as the number (%) of doctors who chose "Strongly agree" or "Agree", as opposed to "Not sure", "Disagree" or "Strongly disagree" when all 134 doctors were asked if they agreed with each statement about the potential drawbacks of the personal digital assistant.