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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate final year medical students' access to new medical information. METHOD: Cross-sectional survey of final year medical students at the University of Nairobi using anonymous, self-administered questionnaires. RESULTS: Questionnaires were distributed to 85% of a possible 343 students and returned by 44% (152). Half reported having accessed some form of new medical information within the previous 12 months, most commonly from books and the internet. Few students reported regular access; and specific, new journal articles were rarely accessed. Absence of internet facilities, slow internet speed and cost impeded access to literature; and current training seems rarely to encourage students to seek new information. CONCLUSION: Almost half the students had not accessed any new medical information in their final year in medical school. This means they are ill prepared for a career that may increasingly demand life-long, self-learning.

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Journal article


Trop Med Int Health

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118 - 122


Attitude of Health Personnel, Cross-Sectional Studies, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Evidence-Based Medicine, Female, Humans, Information Services, Internet, Kenya, Male, Periodicals as Topic, Schools, Medical, Students, Medical