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A computer literacy skills profile of pharmacists residing in two counties of England.
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PMID:  19076675     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Pharmacy is an information intensive profession and a pharmacist has to be proficient in health care information management. The advance in information technology and the use of computers to access, retrieve and analyse this information is increasingly important. Yet little is known about pharmacists' computer literacy or information technology skills. OBJECTIVES: To gain a better understanding of pharmacists' basic computer skills and their ability to use standard software. METHODS: Self-administered postal survey to 747 registered pharmacists residing in two counties of England. RESULTS: A total of 386 (52%) pharmacists responded after two mailings. Most responding pharmacists used computers at work and at home. They believed their basic computing skills to be high, although acknowledged that they were skill deficient in using certain software packages. Internet use at work was low (43%) as too was awareness and use of online medical databases; this was reflected in online medical database training being identified as of greatest need. CONCLUSIONS: Pharmacists were confident in operating computer systems but identified a training need for particular software applications. Of concern is the limited knowledge they possessed and access they had on medical databases.
Peter Thomas; Paul M Rutter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health information and libraries journal     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1471-1834     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Info Libr J     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-16     Completed Date:  2009-01-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970070     Medline TA:  Health Info Libr J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-94     Citation Subset:  H    
Sainsburys Pharmacy, Poole, Dorset, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Pharmacy Information Systems / organization & administration*
Computer Literacy*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection
Databases as Topic
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Internet / utilization*
Middle Aged
Pharmacists / organization & administration*
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