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Table 2 Search engines and main sources of health information among Sudanese medical students (n = 761)

From: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) for undergraduate medical students in Sudan: sources of information, knowledge about terms, skills related to EBM and attitude toward EBM in Sudan

Variables Overall, N = 761 EBM Training p-value*
YesN = 199 NoN = 562
Search engines used:
 Google 690 (90.7 %) 175 (87.9 %) 515 (91.6 %) 0.2
 Google scholar 243 (31.9 %) 66 (33.2 %) 177 (31.5 %) 0.7
 Wikipedia 465 (61.1 %) 119 (59.8 %) 346 (61.6 %) 0.7
 PubMed/Medline 245 (32.2 %) 82 (41.2 %) 163 (29.0 %) 0.002
 Medscape 259 (34.0 %) 89 (44.7 %) 170 (30.2 %) < 0.001
 Cochrane Library 47 (6.2 %) 22 (11.1 %) 25 (4.4 %) 0.002
 Scopus 13 (1.7 %) 6 (3.0 %) 7 (1.2 %) 0.11
 Web of science 68 (8.9 %) 18 (9.0 %) 50 (8.9 %) > 0.9
 Embase 10 (1.3 %) 6 (3.0 %) 4 (0.7 %) 0.024
 Ovid 2 (0.3 %) 1 (0.5 %) 1 (0.2 %) 0.5
 Others. 31 (4.1 %) 9 (4.5 %) 22 (3.9 %) 0.9
Main sources of health information: (You can choose multiple answers)
 Medical books 719 (94.5 %) 187 (94.0 %) 532 (94.7 %) 0.9
 Scientific journals 313 (41.1 %) 83 (41.7 %) 230 (40.9 %) > 0.9
 Electronic media 271 (35.6 %) 66 (33.2 %) 205 (36.5 %) 0.5
 Professional guidelines 283 (37.2 %) 90 (45.2 %) 193 (34.3 %) 0.008
 Leaflets 43 (5.7 %) 10 (5.0 %) 33 (5.9 %) 0.8
 Lecture notes 353 (46.4 %) 92 (46.2 %) 261 (46.4 %) > 0.9
 Opinion of health professionals 218 (28.6 %) 57 (28.6 %) 161 (28.6 %) > 0.9
 Others 5 (0.7 %) 0 (0.0 %) 5 (0.9 %) 0.3
  1. Data were presented as Mean ± SD and number (percentage)
  2. *Statistical tests performed: Chi-square test of independence; Fisher’s exact test