A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF PAID AND OPEN ACCESS ONLINE REPOSITORIES ON TERTIARY HEALTH EDUCATION AND PRACTICE IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA
Keywords:Online repositories, Health education, Medical practice, Nigeria
This study assessed the impact of the use of paid and open access online repositories on tertiary health education and practice in Southwestern Nigeria. This was with a view to inform policy makers and practitioners on how access to online repositories could impact medical training and practice. The study was conducted in Southwestern Nigeria and focused on the teaching hospitals in the area. Data was collected using one set of structured questionnaire administered on 150 respondents made up of 100 medical students, 25 resident doctors and 25 medical consultants selected from five teaching hospitals in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun States. Impact of repositories was measured on five-point Likert scales (1 = rarely/no impact; 5 = very frequently/very high). The results showed that respondents consulted online repositories almost every time (3.77). They rated high the importance of paid (2.79) and open (3.40) access online repositories to acquiring knowledge. Respondents also indicated that paid and open access repositories had a high impact (3.60 and 4.29 respectively) on performance as medical students and practitioners. Though these results were on the same Likert scales, results for open access repositories had higher means. The study attributed these results to the availability of most materials on open access repositories and recommends the storage and use of reference materials on open access repositories.