The Quality of EBM Sources Perceived By Belgian Family Physicians
Keywords:Evidence Based Medicine, Primary health care, Family practice
BACKGROUND: Belgian family physicians use several local and international sources for evidence-based medicine (EBM).
AIM: This study aims to investigate the quality of these EBM sources according to the Belgian family physicians.
METHODS: A sample of Belgian family physicians completed a digital survey on the quality of EBM sources.
RESULTS: Respondents evaluated the quality of the information for the major part of the local and international EBM sources good to excellent. More than 50% of the respondents found in the major part of the sources an answer to the question. More than half of the respondents found the necessary information in less than 5 minutes in most of the sources. Younger participants self-evaluated their search skills better than older participants.
CONCLUSION: The quality of most frequently used EBM sources in Belgium is evaluated as good and client-friendly. More than half of the respondents found an answer to their questions in most of the sources and this within 5 minutes.
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