The purpose of the study was to survey primary physicians about the possible impact of on clinical practice. Methods and design: 236 primary care physicians from the Negev health district in Israel, attending a course prior to installation of computerized record keeping, were given two open-ended questions together with a twenty-four statement attitude questionnaire using a five point Likert scale. Results: The beliefs of physicians highlighted the potential that computerized charts can help with office work, prevent loss of information, and facilitate communication between medical staff. On the other hand, the survey indicated that physicians felt its application was not universal and were uncomfortable with the fact that its use is mandatory. There were major concerns relating to how the medical record was displayed, anticipated increase in workload, and presumed extra time needed for data entry. Conclusions: Most of the physicians surveyed were positive regarding the help that could provide. They were, nevertheless, concerned with the burden of change and adaptation of new technology and software design to clinical practice and its affect on communication. Keywords: computerized records, physician attitude, patient-physician relationship, Israel Denis Weintraub, Director of Research Services, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben- Correspondence: Gurion University of
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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