Background: The Cochrane Library is the preeminent online database of systematic reviews. The National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) started to translate the abstracts of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews into Chinese (CDSR) in 2007. The abstracts are being summarized in the Chinese Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CCDSR), available at http://clc.nhri.org.tw/admin/clcmain1. aspx since 2008.
Objectives: To investigate the behavior in the usage of Chinese abstracts in CDSR.
Methods: Online logs were obtained for August 2008 through December 2010.
Results: A total of 3,549 abstracts, classified into 53 categories, are available. There was monthly increase in the usage of the CCDSR during 2008 ad 2009. Usage of the CCDSR increased also every year. The average usage rates per month are 325 hits in 2008, 636 hits in 2009, and 6290 hits in 2010. Overall, the most frequent accessed term was kidney, followed by pregnancy and delivery, newborn, and respiratory tract. The most frequently accessed month was April, followed by October.
Conclusions: The Chinese abstracts in CCDSR provided by NHRI are helpful for users who prefer to read Chinese and even more so for users who can only read Chinese, such as patients and the public.