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Table 2 Major themes identified during focus group discussions

From: Prospective evaluation of an internet-linked handheld computer critical care knowledge access system

Theme

Details

Benefits of handheld system

Small size and portability

 

Pharmaceutical information

 

Literature updates

Preferences for information content

Require more specialty (critical care)-specific content

 

Require more practical treatment-based information

 

Prefer all content in a single application

Barriers to the use of handhelds

Small text fonts for reading

 

Technical problems, predominantly battery discharge

 

Inability to access information rapidly:

 

   Inadequate search engine

 

   Unfamiliarity with layout of content

 

Errors during text entry using handwriting recognition

 

Prefer 'all-in-one' solution (e.g. pager, e-mail, physician billing)

Comparison with other information resources

Desktop computer often preferable

 

Preferred desktop information resources

 

   PubMed (Medline literature search)

 

   Google (internet search engine)

 

   UpToDate (electronic textbook)