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Table 3 Purpose/reasons of using HIRs among health professionals in Bahir Dar, 2012

From: Information needs and seeking behaviour among health professionals working at public hospital and health centres in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Variable Number (%)
Health information needs:  
Yes 333 (97.3%)
No 9 (2.7%)
Reasons for health information needs:  
Own needs 87 (25.7%)
Questions from patients 21 (6.2%)
Environmental competitions 5 (1.4%)
Emergency of new cases 6 (1.7%)
Own needs, questions from patients & new cases 31 (9.1%)
Own needs & questions from patients 190 (56.0%)
Problems encountered due to information limitation:  
Yes 183 (54.0%)
No 156 (46.0%)
Purposes to use internet:  
E-mail 90 (62.0%)
Patient care & drug information 37 (25.5%)
New findings 13 (9.0%)
Research & business 5 (3.5%)
Satisfaction on internet:  
Partially satisfied 18 (12.4%)
Not satisfied 127 (87.6%)
Problems encountered while searching:  
Poor internet connection 80 (55.2%)
High cost 45 (31.0%)
Poor searching skills 20 (13.8%)
Training time:  
Within the last 6 months 78 (37.0%)
Within the last3 months 70 (33.2%)
Within the last 12 months 26 (12.3%)
More than 12 months 24 (11.4%)
Do not remember the time 13 (6.1%)
Need for further training:  
Yes 325 (96.0%)
No 14 (4.0%)