Patient attitudes toward using computers to improve health servicesdelivery

Christopher N. Sciamanna, Joseph Diaz, Puja Myne

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Background: The aim of this study was to examine the acceptability of point of care computerized prompts to improve health services delivery among a sample of primary care patients. Methods: Primary data collection. Cross-sectional survey. Patients were surveyed after their visit with a primary care provider. Data were obtained from patients of ten community-based primary care practices in the spring of 2001. Results: Almost all patients reported that they would support using a computer before each visit to prompt their doctor to: "do health screening tests" (92%), "counsel about health behaviors (like diet and exercise)" (92%) and "change treatments for health conditions" (86%). In multivariate testing, the only variable that was associated with acceptability of the point of care computerized prompts was patient's confidence in their ability to answer questions about their health using a computer (beta = 0.39, p = .001). Concerns about data security were expressed by 36.3% of subjects, but were not related to acceptability of the prompts. Conclusions: Support for using computers to generate point of care prompts to improve quality-oriented processes of care was high in our sample, but may be contingent on patients feeling familiar with their personal medical history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number19
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBMC health services research
StatePublished - Sep 11 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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