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A comparison of the internet and the standard textbook in preparing for the Professional Anaesthetic Examination

Lim, J.M.J.A. and Ho, K.M. (1999) A comparison of the internet and the standard textbook in preparing for the Professional Anaesthetic Examination. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 15 (7/8). pp. 449-453.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1009996518130
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Abstract

The Internet is increasingly being recognised as a source of information in different fields, and medicine is no exception. We investigated the use of the Internet as an aid in preparing for the professional medical examinations.The Internet was compared to a standard textbook in answering a randomly selected past examination paper. Thirty-eight web-sites on the Internet were involved, giving information to all the examination questions. In contrast,the textbook provided adequate information in only 73.3% of the questions. The time required to search for information on the Internet was more than that required for a single textbook. (approximately 2 hours per question compared to 30 minutes per question respectively). However, with the rapid development of computer technology and the cyberspace, the Internet may prove to be a viable alternative or a good supplement to the standard textbook when trainee anaesthetists are preparing for their professional medical examinations.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35331
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