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.