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Table 4 Ease of Use of Databases

From: Clinical decision support tools: analysis of online drug information databases

Ease of Use Score CP EP FC LC MM EF RL
Dosage/Schedule 3.94 1.54 3.00 2.00 2.80 1.58 3.09
Drug Interactions 4.07 2.77 3.00 2.31 2.40 2.92 3.42
Methods of Administration 3.00 1.33 3.00 2.00 2.54 1.30 3.25
Adverse Drug Reactions 3.62 1.78 3.00 2.00 2.69 1.78 3.00
Over-the-Counter 4.25 1.75 3.00 2.00 3.00 1.75 4.33
Indications/Unlabeled Uses 3.55 1.50 3.00 2.00 2.90 1.50 3.00
Identification/Content 3.10 1.43 1.88 2.44 2.38 1.40 1.63
Pharmacokinetics 2.63 1.60 3.44 2.00 2.89 1.33 3.00
Compatibility/Stability 3.50 2.25 3.17 2.00 2.75 1.00 3.00
Contraindications 3.33 1.33 3.00 2.33 2.78 1.20 2.88
Dietary Supplements 3.25 2.29 3.00 2.67 2.25 NA 3.00
Pharmacology/MOA 2.00 1.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 1.00 3.00
Pregnancy and Lactation 3.00 1.17 3.00 2.00 2.75 1.33 3.00
Foreign Drug Identification 4.00 NA 3.00 2.00 3.33 NA NA
Cost and Economics 14.00 2.0 10.00 3.75 NA 2.00 20.00
Mean number of steps required 3.50 1.72 3.02 2.16 2.70 1.66 3.17
  1. CP = Clinical Pharmacology, EP = Epocrates Premium, FC = Facts & Comparisons 4.0, LC = Lexi-Comp Online, MM = Micromedex, EF = Epocrates Free, RL = RxList, NA = no score/no answer present