Yes! Your doctor Uses Google, Too

A survey of internal medicine residents found that UptoDate and Google were the most commonly used resources for answering clinical questions at the point of care. Although the response rate was only 56%, the findings are consistent with prior studies. Speed, trust, and portability were the biggest factors for driving resource selection. Which resource provides both speed and accuracy? This study does not address that question, but available data suggests there is no convincing reason to discourage use of Google. What’s clear is that most of us need better training in information literacy. – Sarang Kim, MD

Duran-Nelson A, Gladding S, Beattie J, Nixon LJ. Should We Google It? Resource Use by Internal Medicine Residents for Point-of-Care Clinical Decision Making. Acad Med. 2013 Jun;88(6):788-794.

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