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Table 1 Relationship between physician specialties and reading preferences

From: Physicians reading and writing practices: a cross-sectional study from Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

  MEDICAL SPECIALTIES
   Medicine Surgery Gynecology Pediatrics Anesthesia Psychiatry  
    n (%)  n (%)  n (%)  n (%)  n (%)  n (%) P values
Preference of Electronic journals over Printed journals 77 (84.6) 51 (91.07) 21 (95.45) 18 (54.54) 16 (51.6) 13 (50) <0.001
Paid Subscription of journals 12 (13.18) 11 (19.64) - 2 (6) 5 (16.1) - 0.03
Books 72 (79.12) 34 (60.71) 11 (22) 17 (51.5) 28 (90.3) 23 (88.46) <0.001
E journals 35 (38.46) 40 (71.42) 7 (31.8) 20 (60.6) 17 (54.8) 12 (46.15) 0.001
Medical Software 25 (37.87) 20 (35.71) 9 (40.9) 11 (33.3) 10 (32.2) 8 (30.76) NS
Printed Journals 30 (32.9) 15(26.78) 7 (31.8) 6 (18.18) 8 (25.8) 7 (26.9) NS
Medical Conferences 32 (35.16) 18 (32.14) 8 (57.14) 8 (24.24) 5 (16.1) 7 (26.9) NS
Articles
read per week
None 44 (48.3) 3 (5.3) 7 (31.8) 11 (33.3) 14 (45.1) 7 (26.9) <0.001
  <5 38 (41.7) 38 (67.8) 10 (45.4) 22 (66.6) 12 (38.7) 17 (65.3)  
  <10 7 (7.6) 11 (90.6) 5 (22.7) - 2 (6.4) 1 (3.8)  
  <15 2 (2) 4 (7.1) - - 2 (6.4) 1 (3.8)  
  More than 15 - - - - 1 (3.2) -  
  1. *p < 0.05 considered significant.
  2. *n (%) are from those physicians who gave a positive response to that particular question.