Table 3

Search time, success and efficiency by type of information sources (all searches combined)

Information Source type

Search time (min)

Search success

Search efficiency (min search time needed per answer)


Book

6.8 ± 9.0

(1-45, n = 24)

70.8%

9.5

Colleague

11.8 ± 7.3

(2-30, n = 39)

74.4%

15.9

Search engine

12.5 ± 8.5

(3-30, n = 12)

50.0%

25.0

Website

15.6 ± 14.6

(1-60, n = 16)

56.3%

27.8

Journal

22.0 ± 32.9

(3-60, n = 3)

66.7%

33.0

Database

22.0 ± 15.5

(2-45, n = 6)

66.7%

34.3


Search times are given as expressed as mean ± SD (range, sample size).

Dwairy et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:90   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-90

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