Evidence-based preventive practice guidelines. Qualitative study of useful resources on the Internet.

Citation:

Feightner JW, Marshall JN, Sangster LM, Wathen CN, Quintana Y. Evidence-based preventive practice guidelines. Qualitative study of useful resources on the Internet. Can Fam Physician 2001;47:1577-83.

Date Published:

2001 Aug

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: To explore family physicians' perspectives on how best to provide evidence-based preventive clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to physicians on the Internet. DESIGN: Focus groups. SETTING: A large, urban centre and a rural community hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-four of more than 150 family physicians who subscribed to an e-mail discussion group. METHOD: Qualitative survey of four focus groups, analysis of transcripts and researchers' notes. MAIN FINDINGS: Four themes characterized participants' preferences for disseminating preventive CPGs on the Internet: content expectations; quick, easy access to information; trustworthiness of information; and implications for clinical practice. CONCLUSION: Physicians want quick, easy access to trustworthy information. A website for preventive CPGs with these characteristics would be a useful resource.