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October 16, 1996

Online With Physicians Accessing the Internet

Author Affiliations

University of Connecticut Health Center Library Farmington

JAMA. 1996;276(15):1218-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540150020016

To the Editor.  —As a librarian who has developed Internet syllabi, I applaud the new PAI project.1 Since last summer, University of Connecticut Health Center librarians have trained more than 1000 affiliates, including physicians and scientists, to use the Internet. Our End User Support Center is equipped with an instructor's workstation, liquid crystal display (LCD) panel/projector, and 9 student workstations with recessed monitors, offering unobstructed views of the instructor and the projected images. Our training approach incorporates lessons learned from MEDLINE instruction: a brief 20-minute overview using presentation software and a 40-minute hands-on practice time.Computer ownership,2 organizational culture, age factors, "perceived usefulness,"3 keyboard familiarity, dexterity with a mouse, desktop access, and available training influence the routine use of computers by physicians. Some people take to new technologies more easily and readily than others, and some geographic regions are more advanced, with some isolated practitioners more interested in "being connected"