Evidence-based preventive practice guidelines. Qualitative study of useful resources on the Internet

Can Fam Physician. 2001 Aug;47:1577-83.


Objective: To explore family physicians' perspectives on how best to provide evidence-based preventive clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to physicians on the Internet.

Design: Focus groups.

Setting: A large, urban centre and a rural community hospital.

Participants: Thirty-four of more than 150 family physicians who subscribed to an e-mail discussion group.

Method: Qualitative survey of four focus groups, analysis of transcripts and researchers' notes.

Main findings: Four themes characterized participants' preferences for disseminating preventive CPGs on the Internet: content expectations; quick, easy access to information; trustworthiness of information; and implications for clinical practice.

Conclusion: Physicians want quick, easy access to trustworthy information. A website for preventive CPGs with these characteristics would be a useful resource.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Canada
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Information Services*
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Preventive Medicine / standards*