Information oncologic tools produced by the U.S. National Cancer Institute: How much are they known and used? Results of an enquiry in Italy

G. Cognetti, B. Paradiso, I. Truccolo, D. Ugolini, L. Santi

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A survey was conducted among specialized users in order to establish the level of knowledge and diffusion of four informative tools: Cancerlit, PDQ, Clinprot, Cancergram. A questionnaire was distributed to 975 graduate researchers working in four national cancer research institutes in the north (2), center (1) and south (1) of Italy, as well as to the students of the Postgraduate School of Oncology (Oncology 2nd) of the 'La Sapienza' University of Rome. Respondents were 486 (49.8%): only 167 (34.4%) declared to know Cancerlit, 56 (11.5%) PDQ, 10 (2%) Clinprot and 39 (8%) Cancergrams. Moreover, there is a time gap of nearly 6 years between the availability on-line of these tools and the information of its existence by the users. Most of the respondents were in favor of inserting courses on the use of information tools into the University curriculum and of training in the use of the tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1995



  • information tools
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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