Background: EBM Guidelines is a collection of about 1000 guidelines for primary care, produced by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and published online. EBMPracticeNet, a Belgian consortium of scientific and medical societies, supported by the Belgian national health insurance INAMI, translated the collection into Dutch and French, adapted it to the Belgian health system context, and made it available free of charge for all the Belgian GPs on the internet. Implementation, development, concept and licensing are provided by IVS, a Belgian company. Our hypothesis is that the content of the collection will be relevant to the French GPs.
Objectives: To assess French GPs’ satisfaction about the content and the ergonomics of the collection and the relevance of information during office visits.
Methods: A sample of GPs and GP trainees will test the collection from March to June 2017. They will receive a login and a password and will be encouraged to use the collection as a point of care tool. Data will be collected from three sources: 1) the site logbook where all the connections will be tracked; 2) a short questionnaire activated four times at random while the user searches the site, to assess the relevance of the information found and, 3) a questionnaire assessing the global satisfaction and the usability (using the System Usability Scale) after one and three months.
Expected results: We have included 370 French GPs. Data collection will be completed on July 2017. We will describe: the frequency and the length of the connections, the frequency of consultation of each guideline, users’ search strategies, users’ satisfaction about the content and the ergonomics (comprehensiveness, relevance, accessibility, clarity of information), the proportion of searches useful for patient care.
Conclusion: Our work may be the starting point for a sustainable French-speaking collaboration to share guidelines translation and updating work.