Satomi Noguchi, Daisuke Ogino and Hajime Sato
Background: Many studies have reported on the information need and the seeking behavior of health professionals. However, there have been few reports on clinical trial information usage. Objectives: The purpose of our study was to understand the information-seeking behavior of health professionals and examine the desired provision of clinical trial information with a focus on Internet usage. Methods: The questionnaire was distributed to health professionals between March and April 2013 at three National Center hospitals in Japan and member hospitals of the Center for Clinical Trials of the Japan Medical Association. Results: Physicians mostly used the information provided by academic societies or medical journals, nurses mostly used information from colleagues and pharmacists, and CRCs mostly used information from the Internet. Although the proportion of the use of general medical information was higher than clinical trial information for each information source, the trend of information usage was similar between general medical information and clinical trial information among health professionals. Conclusions: It is suggested that the method of conveying information about clinical trials could be different ways among health professionals for its effectiveness.