Background: The National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan has translated abstracts of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) into traditional Chinese since 2008. This is the only contracted translation activity of CDSR abstracts in East Asia. During the past two years, more than 800 participants have joined the translation task. The translated Chinese Abstracts of CDSR (CACDSR) were open to the public online since 2010. (http://clc.nhri.org.tw/admin/clcmain1.aspx).
Objectives: To analyze the utilization of CACDSR in three university hospitals in the past eight months.
Methods: 1. Obtain the monthly users' login information of CACDSR in three university hospitals from September 2010 to April 2011. 2. Analyze the trend of utilization among physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. 3. Collect information on evidence-based medicine (EBM) events in these hospitals over the data collecting period.
Results: 1. The utilization of CACDSR among nurses has increased significantly in the study period. The overall trend showed that the hit number in nurses is significantly higher than that of the other healthcare professionals. 2. The total hits of CACDSR from nurses are 9 times higher than that from doctors. When promoting a database, nurses are unnegligible. 3. The peak months of utilization had EBM activities at the time, such as an EBM workshop, an EBM contest and evidence-based quality improvement activities in the hospitals. These events may have stimulated the utilization in CACDSR. 4. The lowest month of utilization, i.e. Jan. 2011, can be explained by the influence of the long vacation around Chinese New Year.
Conclusions: The study indicates the strong demands for Chinese translated databases while promoting evidence-based practice and continuous education for nursing professionals in Taiwan. EBM workshops, EBM contests, and evidence-based quality improvement activities may accelerate the utilization of evidence-based databases.