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Table 4 Health Information Resources access among HPs in Bahir Dar, 2012

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

Variables Number (%)
HIRs accessed (n = 339):
  Formal HIRs (books, internet, trainings, etc.) 315 (92.9%)
  Informal HIRs (key informants, colleagues, etc.) 24 (7.1%)
Library access at working area:
  Yes 252 (74.3%)
  No 87 (25.7%)
Books, Journals, etc. accessibility at working place:
  Yes 31 (9.1%)
  No 308 (90.9%)
Information sources preferred (n = 339):
  Formal HIRs 335 (98.8%)
  Informal HIRs 4 (1.2%)
HIRs at home :
  Yes 275 (81.1%)
  No 64 (18.9%)
Are HIRs at home use full?
  Yes 214 (77.8%)
  No 61 (22.2%)
Training access:
  Yes 211 (62.2%)
  No 128 (37.8%)
Internet access:
  Yes 145 (42.8%)
  No 194 (57.2%)
Internet sources:
  Working area 46 (31.7%)
  Internet café 55 (38.0%)
  Home 21 (14.5%)
  Either from two or three of above sources 23 (15.8&)
Mechanisms of solving information related problems:
  Consulting seniors 57 (31.1%)
  Discussion with staffs 58 (31.7%)
  Referring patients 6 (3.3%)
  Consulting & discussion with staffs 34 (18.6%)
  Discussion with staffs & refereeing patients 1 (0.6%)
  Consulting & discussion with staffs & refereeing patients 22 (12.0%)
  All 5 (2.7%)