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Table 3 Differences in respondents’ practices and perceptions by hospital IT score categories (n = 535)

From: Factors affecting the use of clinical practice guidelines by hospital physicians: the interplay of IT infrastructure and physician attitudes

n (%) Hospital IT score p
Low (0-3)
n = 84
Medium (4-6)
n = 247
High (7-10)
n = 204
Available resources
 Use of private electronic devices such as desktop PC, notebook, tablet, or smartphone for daily practice
  Yes 67 (17.1) 183 (46.7) 142 (36.2) 0.193
 Subscription to paywalled medical databases
  English 38 (12.8) 126 (42.4) 133 (44.8) 0.001**
  Japanese 36 (13.4) 118 (44.0) 114 (42.5) 0.081
 Obstacles to use practice guidelines
  Unable to access to information 36 (15.4) 113 (48.3) 85 (36.3) 0.674
  Unable to retrieve necessary information 26 (15.1) 79 (45.9) 67 (39.0) 0.950
Education received
 Experience of education related to practice guidelines
  At workplace or at medical school 48 (14.2) 148 (43.8) 142 (42.0) 0.048*
Knowledge
 Knowledge of the national guideline network, ‘Minds’
  Yes 20 (13.6) 82 (55.8) 45 (30.6) 0.022*
Attitude
 Major way to use practice guidelines
  Book 46 (19.1) 140 (44.4) 116 (36.5) 0.150
  Electronic 55 (14.0) 192 (48.7) 147 (37.3) 0.071
Behaviour
 Frequency of using guidelines in daily practice
  At least once a week 49 (14.8) 158 (47.7) 124 (37.5) 0.604
 When to use CPGs  
  For therapeutic decision making (Yes) 74 (17.2) 200 (46.4) 157 (36.4) 0.093
  To gain related knowledge (Yes) 64 (17.1) 177 (47.3) 133 (35.6) 0.129
  For shared decision-making with patients (Yes) 18 (21.2) 42 (49.4) 25 (29.4) 0.124
Satisfaction
 Satisfied with their own hospital IT circumstances
  Yes 38 (13.4) 121 (42.8) 124 (43.8) 0.014*
  1. *P < 0.05
  2. **P < 0.01
  3. Three groups were compared using chi-squared test