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Table 8 Respondents' agreement (Likert scale of 1 = strongly agree to 5 = strongly disagree) with statements on PDAs.* (N = 26)

From: Drug information resources used by nurse practitioners and collaborating physicians at the point of care in Nova Scotia, Canada: a survey and review of the literature

Quality of PDAs Mean SD
Provide information at one's "fingertips" 2.00 0.75
A faster means to access information as compared to a text reference (e.g. CPS) 2.23 0.82
A faster means to access information as compared to a desktop or laptop computer 2.35 0.98
Help to organize information 2.46 0.90
Help to inform decisions in my patient care activities 2.50 0.99
An impetus to look up drug or disease information 2.65 1.20
Improve my patient's health outcomes 2.92 1.20
Decrease paperwork 3.35 1.16
  1. * No significant differences were found between current personal digital assistant (PDA) and computer survey respondents' opinions (Fisher's Exact) regarding the PDA statements.