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Table 2 Respondents’ attitudes regarding the importance of an ICT research training course by current ICT using status

From: Attitudes of Chinese health sciences postgraduate students’ to the use of information and communication technology in global health research

Items All Respondents
(N = 1065)
Very important / Essential
N (%)
Use ICT
(N = 740)
Very important / Essential
N (%)
Not use ICT
(N = 325)
Very important / Essential
N (%)
p-Value
a. An overview of ways that ICT can support/enhance the entire research process 720 (68) 518 (70) 202 (62) 0.231
b. Learning what researchers need to know about ICT to be efficient and effective researchers 756 (71) 544 (74) 212 (65) 0.006
c. Overview of types of ICT research methods/resources for researchers 692 (65) 486 (66) 206 (63) 0.470
d. Most useful ICT research methods/resources across the research process and where/how to access them 738 (69) 529 (71) 209 (64) 0.019
e. What is new/important in ICT research methods/resources that will help researchers make significant advances in their research 734 (69) 512 (69) 222 (68) 0.775
f. Developing an overall plan for learning about and using ICT research methods/resources in your research projects 708 (66) 497 (67) 211 (65) 0.476
g. Best ways to set up an experiment using ICT research methods/resources before generating data 722 (68) 511 (69) 211 (65) 0.184
h. Fundamentals of how databases are structured, attributes of data, ways data can be stored/retrieved and how pieces of data relate to each other 711 (67) 512 (69) 199 (61) 0.011
i. Principles, best practices and challenges of accessing/using existing data in clinical and population health research 683 (64) 480 (65) 203 (62) 0.451
j. What kinds of databases exist, how to access them and possible new uses of these data in research 705 (66) 503 (68) 202 (62) 0.065
k. Creating new databases, determining what data to collect, how to represent the data, how pieces of data need to relate to each other (i.e. data modeling) 699 (66) 486 (66) 213 (66) 0.965
l. Principles and challenges when integrating or using multiple datasets 629 (59) 430 (58) 199 (61) 0.340
m. Using data from electronic health records in research 698 (66) 500 (68) 198 (61) 0.036
n. Informatics principles and electronic methods to collect/capture data in clinical settings, including use of specific devices like Smart phones 689 (65) 488 (66) 201 (62) 0.197
o. Assuring data quality and fidelity when using electronic methods to acquire/ capture data 766 (72) 544 (73) 222 (68) 0.082
P. The concept and importance of data standards 704 (66) 493 (67) 211 (65) 0.590
q. Issues of security, ethical, legal, regulatory and confidentiality considerations in accessing/ using data 740 (69) 520 (70) 220 (68) 0.400
r. Best practices for managing data, including storage, security and retrieval 729 (68) 512 (69) 217 (67) 0.434
s. Using informatics methods to manipulate and analyze data, including understanding what you can and cannot do with data 745 (70) 526 (71) 219 (67) 0.226
t. Choosing the best ways to analyze specific data and address specific research questions 754 (71) 530 (72) 224 (69) 0.372
u. Tools and approaches for interpreting results, such as software to help visualize data 732 (69) 520 (70) 212 (65) 0.102
v. Conducting systematic data searches (e.g., literature reviews, vetted sources of information) 739 (69) 525 (71) 214 (66) 0.096
w. Using informatics search methods to help develop research protocols 688 (65) 495 (67) 193 (59) 0.018
x. Using information technology-based methods to recruit human subjects 626 (59) 440 (59) 186 (57) 0.496
y. Using information technology-based methods to develop and implement clinical decision support tools 660 (62) 459 (62) 201 (62) 0.955
z. Seeking help - kinds of informatics help you can get, knowing when to ask for help, kinds of people to approach for help with various types of issues/questions 705 (66) 497 (67) 208 (64) 0.315
aa. Using ICT to deliver clinical and population health interventions 700 (66) 493 (67) 207 (64) 0.354
bb. Collaborating effectively with informatics/ IT consultants and experts (i.e. knowing how to ask for what you want) 733 (69) 513 (69) 220 (67) 0.596
cc. Performing personal “computer hygiene” (backing up files, organizing files, archiving email) 762 (72) 546 (74) 216 (66) 0.015