Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Knowledge and Information, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, University of Isfahan,

2 department of Medical Information

3 Epidemiology and Biostatistics,

4 Medical Education, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Background: Numerous researches conducted on about the quality of perception of media
messages shows that the people are not passive receivers but they have the ability of
understanding, interpreting and accepting or rejecting messages. In order to make clear the
relationship of information and communication technologies with social changes and to gain
a broader vision from this scope, sociological theories about information and communication
technologies’ usage, especially appropriation approach can be very useful. So, keeping in
mind the important role of Databases in the qualitative expansion of education, research,
diagnosis, remedy and medical services presentation, this research was carried out with
the aim of status determination of databases appropriation in the academic staffs of Iranian
Universities of Medical Sciences according to the social appropriation approach in 2012.
Materials and Methods: This is an applicative research of an analytical‑descriptive type,
which was carried out by measurement approach. The statistical society of this research
was composed of the academic staffs of the Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences in
2012 and finally 390 academic staffs were selected according to the Cochran’s formula
were selected. The research tool are searcher’s made questionnaire, which was composed
of nine separate parts. Its validity was accepted by the specialists and its reliability was
calculated and found to be 0.961 by Cronbakh’s alpha. Results: Database appropriation
score in the academic staffs of Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences with 65.020% was
in a good status and data bases dis appropriation score with 71.484 was in a high status.
Conclusion: According to the findings of this research, Librarians and politicians in this
scope‑with determination of the academic staff’s positive and negative points in usage
and appropriation would be capable of
accurately diagnozing and analyzing the
chances and challenges of the academic
staffs members in using databases and
would also be capable of achieving solutions
and appropriate catalyzers of prolific usage
and appropriation of databases.


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