Medical Student Experiences of a Smartphone-Delivered Drug Information Resource

Purpose:

Investigate the suitability of mobile devices to deliver drug information content to 4th, 5th and 6th year medical students, searching for opportunities to improve drug information access or content to best support medication-related decision-making.

Method:

Participants undertook a baseline online survey prior to gaining access to the mobile drug information resource, and a second survey towards the end of the project. A small group of students were interviewed mid-way through the project. Question themes covered technology, smartphone and information use, and user experiences.

Results:

94 students completed survey one between February and May 2011 and 83 students completed survey two between October 2011 and January 2012. Ten students were interviewed. General use of information and communications technology and smartphones was high. Smartphone-delivered mobile drug information …

electronic Journal of Health Informatics