Physicians Internet use: Diffusion through compatibility and observability

F. Chew, W. Grant

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Abstract

A national mail survey of 683 randomly selected US family physicians was conducted using diffusion of innovations theory to assess Internet use perceptions and identify sources from which physicians obtained medical information. Continuing medical education (CME), medical journals and professional colleagues were the top three sources of medical information. Internet use diffused through five starting points and three paths. They are 1) assessing the professional association website as helpful, 2) taking a CME course on Internet navigation or participating in an Internet demonstration, 3) having a teaching hospital affiliation, 4) a lower patient load and 5) recent professional training (within the past 10 years). From here the three pathways included observing its benefits, utilization compatibility and ease, and getting useful information. Continuing medical education with an emphasis on demonstration constitutes the optimal means for socializing family physicians to learn how to navigate the Internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationData Mining VIII
Subtitle of host publicationData, Text and Web Mining and their Business Applications
Pages245-253
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event8th International Conference on Data, Text and Web Mining and their Business Applications including Information Engineering Management, DATA07 - , United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 18 2007Jun 20 2007

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies
Volume38
ISSN (Print)1743-3517

Other

Other8th International Conference on Data, Text and Web Mining and their Business Applications including Information Engineering Management, DATA07
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period6/18/076/20/07

Keywords

  • Diffusion
  • Family physicians
  • Internet use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Chew, F., & Grant, W. (2007). Physicians Internet use: Diffusion through compatibility and observability. In Data Mining VIII: Data, Text and Web Mining and their Business Applications (pp. 245-253). (WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies; Vol. 38). https://doi.org/10.2495/DATA070241