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Table 5 Doctors' use of UpToDate and the personal digital assistant (PDA)

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

  Only 23 respondents who used both UpToDate and PDAs with medical software applications
Characteristic UpToDate PDA p value
Time spent per week* 1.0 hr (1.0 – 2.0) 1.0 hr (0.5 – 2.0) 0.21
Frequency of use per week* 3.0 times (2.0 – 5.0) 12.0 times (5.0 – 18.0) < 0.001
Usefulness 1.0 (1.0 – 1.0) 2.0 (1.0 – 2.0) 0.005
  1. * Data are presented as median (interquartile range); comparisons made using the Wilcoxon signed rank test.
  2. Data are presented as median score (interquartile range) on a Likert scale in which 1 = strongly agree, 2 = agree, 3 = not sure, 4 = disagree, 5 = strongly disagree, when doctors were asked if UpToDate and the PDA was useful for acquiring medical knowledge; comparison made using the Wilcoxon signed rank test.