Assessing the impact on patient-physician interaction when physicians use personal digital assistants: a Northeastern Ohio Network (NEON) study.

Title

Assessing the impact on patient-physician interaction when physicians use personal digital assistants: a Northeastern Ohio Network (NEON) study.

Creator

McCord Gary; Pendleton Brian F; Schrop Susan Labuda; Weiss Lisa; Stockton LuAnne; Hamrich Lynn M

Publisher

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Date

2009
2009-08

Description

BACKGROUND: The effects of the use of technological devices on dimensions that affect the physician-patient relationship need to be well understood. OBJECTIVES: Determine patients' perceptions of physicians' personal digital assistant (PDA) use, comparing the results across 8 physician-patient dimensions important to clinical interactions. RESULTS: Patients completed anonymous surveys about their perceptions of physician PDA use. Data were collected during 2006 and 2007 at 12 family medicine practices. Survey items included physician sex, patient demographics, if physicians explained why they were using the PDA, and Likert ratings on 8 dimensions of how a PDA can influence physician-patient interactions (surprise, confidence, feelings, comfort, communication, relationship, intelligence, and satisfaction). The survey response rate was 78%. Physicians explained to their patients what they were doing with the PDA 64% of the time. Logistic regression analyses determined that patients of male physicians, patients attending private practices and underserved sites, patients with Medicaid insurance, and patients who observed their physician using a PDA during both the index visit and at least one prior visit were more likely to receive an explanation of PDA use. Most importantly, physician-patient communication was rated significantly more positive if an explanation of PDA use was offered. CONCLUSION: Patients rate interactions with their physicians more positively when physicians explain their PDA use.

Subject

Adult; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Ohio; Adolescent; Aged; Young Adult; Physician-Patient Relations; Health Care Surveys; *Physician-Patient Relations; Health Services Research; Computers; Human; Surveys; Middle Age; Adolescence; 80 and over; Handheld/*statistics & numerical data; 80 and Over; Hand-Held – Utilization

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

353–359

Issue

4

Volume

22

Citation

McCord Gary; Pendleton Brian F; Schrop Susan Labuda; Weiss Lisa; Stockton LuAnne; Hamrich Lynn M, “Assessing the impact on patient-physician interaction when physicians use personal digital assistants: a Northeastern Ohio Network (NEON) study.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 12, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5111.

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