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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-39  

A cross-sectional evaluation of computer literacy among medical students at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Mumbai (Bombay)

TS Panchabhai1, NS Dangayach2, VS Mehta3, CV Patankar4, NN Rege5 
1 Department of Medicine, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA
3 Department of Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, India
4 Medical Education Unit, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
5 Medical Education Unit and Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India

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T S Panchabhai
Department of Medicine, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
USA

Background: Computer usage capabilities of medical students for introduction of computer-aided learning have not been adequately assessed. Aim: Cross-sectional study to evaluate computer literacy among medical students. Settings and Design: Tertiary care teaching hospital in Mumbai, India. Materials and Methods: Participants were administered a 52-question questionnaire, designed to study their background, computer resources, computer usage, activities enhancing computer skills, and attitudes toward computer-aided learning (CAL). The data was classified on the basis of sex, native place, and year of medical school, and the computer resources were compared. The computer usage and attitudes toward computer-based learning were assessed on a five-point Likert scale, to calculate Computer usage score (CUS - maximum 55, minimum 11) and Attitude score (AS - maximum 60, minimum 12). The quartile distribution among the groups with respect to the CUS and AS was compared by chi-squared tests. The correlation between CUS and AS was then tested. Results: Eight hundred and seventy-five students agreed to participate in the study and 832 completed the questionnaire. One hundred and twenty eight questionnaires were excluded and 704 were analyzed. Outstation students had significantly lesser computer resources as compared to local students (P<0.0001). The mean CUS for local students (27.0±9.2, Mean±SD) was significantly higher than outstation students (23.2±9.05). No such difference was observed for the AS. The means of CUS and AS did not differ between males and females. The CUS and AS had positive, but weak correlations for all subgroups. Conclusion: The weak correlation between AS and CUS for all students could be explained by the lack of computer resources or inadequate training to use computers for learning. Providing additional resources would benefit the subset of outstation students with lesser computer resources. This weak correlation between the attitudes and practices of all students needs to be investigated. We believe that this gap can be bridged with a structured computer learning program.


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Panchabhai T S, Dangayach N S, Mehta V S, Patankar C V, Rege N N. A cross-sectional evaluation of computer literacy among medical students at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Mumbai (Bombay).J Postgrad Med 2011;57:31-39


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Panchabhai T S, Dangayach N S, Mehta V S, Patankar C V, Rege N N. A cross-sectional evaluation of computer literacy among medical students at a tertiary care teaching hospital in Mumbai (Bombay). J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Nov 29 ];57:31-39
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