The Efficacy of PDA vs. text-based Reference Materials in a Residency Program at the National University of Rwanda


We traveled to Rwanda to evaluate how paper-based versus electronic information resources affect the self–reported clinical decision making of Rwandan family and community (FAMCO) resident doctors and to identify types of information resources that result in self-reported practice changes. We did this by expanding a PDA study currently underway with Kenyan resident doctors.  FAMCO residents of the National University of Rwanda (NUR) were provided with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) with electronic reference materials and traditional paper based reference materials such as text books. We measured the effects these resources have on decision making through self-reported surveys.

Contacts:
Ben Deaton - Benjamin.Deaton@ucdenver.edu
Amy Willis - Amy.Willis@ucdenver.edu

Mentors:
Dr. Inis Bardella & Dr. Bruce Dahlman

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