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Health Informatics in Clinical Practice

Information Management Quiz

Introduction

The quiz is based on the material presented in the web site, with links to the answers provided immediately after each question to allow a rapid review of the key concepts.

Instructions

Choose either "True" or "False" and click on the radio button. The results of your choice will be displayed on the status bar on the bottom left of your browser window. More details on the right answer can be found via the "Answer details" link.

 

  1. Every month, there are about five thousand articles published in the biomedical journals.


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  2. About 15% of these are of high quality.


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  3. The types of information relative to their number in volume can be graphically depicted by a pyramid shape.


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  4. It only takes four minutes for a librarian trained in Medline search to find the evidence required to answer one clinical question.


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  5. Primary sources of information are ideal for use at the point of care in the clinical setting.


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  6. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is an example of a tertiary source of clinical information.


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  7. Tertiary sources of information are both valid and relevant for clinical use.


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  8. The validity of a study refers to whether the results of the study affect the outcomes most important to the patient.


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  9. The SIGN website is an example of a tertiary source of information.


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  10. The following equation is used to define "useful" information:

    U = V x W /R.


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  11. In order to keep up-to-date, the average clinician will need to read and assess 19 articles every month.


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  12. Information "consumes" the attention of it's recipients.


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  13. The Malthusian Law of Information states that "the inability to find information is the limiting factor" with regards to the consumption of information.


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  14. In 1989, a study commisioned by the publishers of the NEJM found that only 1/3 of the physicians surveyed were managing with the body of knowledge available.


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  15. The body of clinical knowledge doubles every 10 years.


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  16. The only challenge in practising evidence based medicine at the point of care lies in the formulation of answerable clinical questions by the bedside.


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  17. Tailoring the evidence to the needs and preference of the patients is the "3rd" step in the practise of evidence based medicine.


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  18. WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption standard provides secure wireless connections.


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  19. Screen size of less than 3.5 inches are useful for reading.


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  20. The most "pragmatic" way to practise evidence based medicine at the point of care is to use a desktop PC.


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  21. The Jadad quality scale is a validated scoring scale.


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  22. Concealment of allocation is an important aspect of a well design study to avoid bias.


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  23. A Jadad score of less than 4 reflects a poorly designed study.


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  24. Intention to treat is not an important part in the critical appraisal of a study.

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