Editor-in-Chief Hatice Kübra Elçioğlu Vice Editors Levent Kabasakal Esra Tatar Online ISSN 2630-6344 Publisher Marmara University Frequency Bimonthly (Six issues / year) Abbreviation J.Res.Pharm. Former Name Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal
Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal 2012 , Vol 16 , Issue 1
The use of electronic information resources by community pharmacists
Erhan Öner Tığ1, Gül Ayanoğlu Dülger2, Seyhan Hıdıroğlu3, Hale Zerrin Toklu2
1Marmara Üniversitesi Eczacılık Fakültesi, Istanbul, Türkiye
2Marmara Üniversitesi Eczacılık Fakültesi, Farmakoloji Anabilim Dalı, Istanbul, Türkiye
3Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Istanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.12991/201216417 The use of electronic information resources (EIR) on drugs are increasing in parallel to the increasing number and type of drugs on the market. However, in Turkey, we did not encounter any study investigating the prevalance and the use of electronic information resources in drug market. Thus, the aim of our study was to determine the purpose of using drug related EIR and the benefits provided by this process.

Our study was performed with 102 pharmacists in the districts of Atasehir, Kadiköy, Kartal, Pendik, Samandira, Umraniye and Uskudar, who accepted to participate in the present study. The questioneer consisted of questions about their demographic characteristics, level of knowledge about EIR and the frequency of their use of EIR.

All of the pharmacist who participated in the study were using at least one EIR and %51 were using it for 6-10 years. Ninety nine percent of pharmacists (n = 101) reported that they did not receive any training on electronic information resources during their years in the school of Pharmacy. The pharmacist reported that they were using EIR mostly to give information to their patients.

According to the present study, in the pharmacies EIR is used widely but not efficiently. We believe that the education programs in pharmacy schools should include lectures about the EIR on drugs and postgraduate training programs can be organized in cooperation with the marketing companies. Keywords : electronic information resources, electronic database, pharmacist, pharmacy, drug

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