Information Needs And Seeking Behavior Among Health Professionals Working At Governmental Hospital And Health Centers In Bahir Dar Town Amhara Region Ethiopia.

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Background: Universal access to information for health professionals is a pre requisite for rnmeeting the MDGs and achieving health for all strategy. In developing countries, a largernproportion of the population, including health professionals have no or only poor access tornhealth information resources due to poor infrastructures, economic related, poor attention, etc rnObjective: The purpose of this study is to assess information needs and seeking behavior ofrnhealth professionals working at Governmental Hospitals and Health Centers in Bahir Dar town, rnAmhara Region, Ethiopia. rnMethods: A cross sectional study design using quantitative and qualitative approaches wasrncarried out to achieve the research objectives using 350 study participants. Self-administered rnquestionnaire and observation checklist were instruments to collect the required data. Manuallyrnedited data were entered in to computer using Epi-info version 3.5.1; further cleaned andrnexported to SPSS statistics version19; then cleaned again and analyzed as needed. Frequencies,rncross tabulation, chi-square, Odds ratio with 95%CI, and Binary logistic regression analysisrnwere done to describe and assess associations among variables of interest. rnResults: Nearly all (97.3%) of respondents reported that they need health information tornupdate themselves and support daily activities. More than half (54%) encountered problems on rntheir daily activities due to information limitation. Major barriers to access information wererngeographical, organizational, personal, economic related, educational status and time. Only 145rn(42.8%) respondents have access to internet at different places with various frequencies andrnhave shown statistically significant association (p

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Information Needs And Seeking Behavior Among Health Professionals Working At Governmental  Hospital And Health Centers In Bahir Dar Town Amhara Region Ethiopia.

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