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Table 3 Search time, success and efficiency by type of information sources (all searches combined)

From: The application of foraging theory to the information searching behaviour of general practitioners

Information Source type Search time (min) Search success Search efficiency (min search time needed per answer)
Book 6.8 ± 9.0
(1-45, n = 24)
70.8% 9.5
Colleague 11.8 ± 7.3
(2-30, n = 39)
74.4% 15.9
Search engine 12.5 ± 8.5
(3-30, n = 12)
50.0% 25.0
Website 15.6 ± 14.6
(1-60, n = 16)
56.3% 27.8
Journal 22.0 ± 32.9
(3-60, n = 3)
66.7% 33.0
Database 22.0 ± 15.5
(2-45, n = 6)
66.7% 34.3
  1. Search times are given as expressed as mean ± SD (range, sample size).