Oranus Tajedini; Mahya Abdollahifaard; Ali Sadatmoosavi
This infodemiological study examined information-seeking behavior of users and the scientific production of Iranian researchers in the field of multiple Sclerosis (MS). The present study was conducted using a mixed-methods research approach. In the qualitative part, the preferred terms and keywords used ...
This infodemiological study examined information-seeking behavior of users and the scientific production of Iranian researchers in the field of multiple Sclerosis (MS). The present study was conducted using a mixed-methods research approach. In the qualitative part, the preferred terms and keywords used by Iranian users in the field of MS from 2009 to 2019 were extracted through focused group discussions. In the quantitative part, based on the keywords extracted from the focus group discussions, the data on the information-seeking behavior of Iranian users were collected through Google Trends (using data mining techniques). Besides, the data on the scientific production of Iranian researchers published on multiple Sclerosis in PubMed, Web of Science (WoS), and Scopus from 2009 to 2019 were collected (using scientometric methods). The data collected using web mining techniques consisted of the keywords obtained from the focus group interviews, and the data collected using scientometric techniques included scientific products of Iranian researchers indexed in PubMed, Web of Science (WoS), and Scopus databases. Finally, to investigate the relationship between the information-seeking behavior of Internet users and the scientific production of researchers in the field of MS, the cross-correlation method, Shapiro-Wilk test, and Pearson correlation test was used in R software. The results of the Shapiro-Wilk test indicated that the information-seeking behavior of users in Google Trends and the scientific production of Iranian researchers on MS were normal (P-value> 0.05). However, the two variables had a powerfully negative and significant correlation (r = -0.81). The data also revealed that the keyword MS had the highest search volume index in Google Trends and was considered the final keyword in each category. The core category in the searches conducted by Iranian users in the MS field was MS treatment; most searches were conducted in 2013. The study's findings also indicated that the countries with higher search volume indexes for the keywords "MS" and "Multiple Sclerosis" worldwide were Italy, Spain, France, Russia, and Greece. However, the United States had the highest volume of scientific production. The results of the present study showed that Iranian researchers working in the field of multiple Sclerosis ignore reducing the questions of Iranian users in this field and have conducted their research projects for other reasons; In fact, many factors contribute to increasing the volume of scientific production in multiple Sclerosis. However, users' demand for health information or their information-seeking behavior online cannot be considered one of these factors. Information-seeking behavior of Iranian users in Google Trends and the scientific production of Iranian researchers have a strongly negative and significant correlation. Thus, the scientific production in the field of MS has increased over time. Still, Iranian users' tendency to engage in behaviors to seek information about MS in Google Trends has decreased over time. This implies that with scientific advancements in MS, physicians prevent most patients from searching the Internet for information about their disease. Nevertheless, the increasing use of online social media in recent years has effectively reduced the search volume index and changed information-seeking behavior.
Mojgan ZareiVenovel; Abdolah Hajivandi; Abdolmajid Omrani; Farshid Danesh; Abdolrasoul khosravi
Volume 20, Issue 3 , July 2022, , Pages 109-121
For physicians, choosing the correct and up-to-date health information is one of the most important challenges. Therefore, they need to acquire information retrieval skills. The present study examines clinical librarian's educational role in improving medical students’ accessing health information ...
For physicians, choosing the correct and up-to-date health information is one of the most important challenges. Therefore, they need to acquire information retrieval skills. The present study examines clinical librarian's educational role in improving medical students’ accessing health information skills. This study is a quasi-experimental applied survey. The study participants were senior medical students of BPUMS1 taking the clinical course in 2013 (n=52). They were divided into two groups, test and control groups, each containing 21 (test group) and 23 (control group). Subsequently, a two-month workshop program besides training sessions was held with the participation of a clinical librarian at the clinic and a scenario by a physician present in the test group. The data collection tool was a self-administered questionnaire used before and after intervention (two months later) to both test and control groups. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and an independent T-Test. The findings of this study show that, in total, there is an increase in mean scores of familiarity with medical databases, their use, and the need for clinical librarian services after an educational intervention. This increase was revealed in (37.33 ± 9.61), (36.85 ± 10.1), and (42.85 ± 3.5) respectively; and the difference was significant (p<0.001). The lack of use of updated medical evidence and resources by medical students was due to the lack of knowledge of specialized medical databases. One of the useful strategies in this regard is the inclusion of clinical librarians in the treatment teams and different hospital units.https://dorl.net/dor/20.1001.1.20088302.2022.20.3.7.4