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An Evaluation of the Usability of Accessing MEDLINE over Short Messaging System.
The Philippines is the texting capital of the world with over one billion messages exchanged every day. With the increasing ubiquity of cellphones in this country, it becomes a popular tool for accessin many types of information. This study aims to determine the usefulness of short messaging system (SMS) for accessing the bottom line of artlicles in MEDLINE. Two groups of residents at one of the largest tertiary government hospitals in the country were trained on the SMS interface for txt2MEDLINE. After four weeks of interactions, their responses were analyzed and they were given a survey on the usability of the interface as well as their ability to comprehend the abridged text-speak of txt2MEDLINE. Results showed that residents did not find additional usefulness with txt2MEDLINE over SMS but cited convenience of access from any point of care as one of its benefits.