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Are individuals more accepting of the internet than mobile phone apps being used in clinical practice?

Koehler, Nicole, Vujovic, Olga and McMenamin, Christine 2013, Are individuals more accepting of the internet than mobile phone apps being used in clinical practice?, Journal of mobile technology in medicine, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 14-21, doi: 10.7309/jmtm.77.

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Title Are individuals more accepting of the internet than mobile phone apps being used in clinical practice?
Author(s) Koehler, Nicole
Vujovic, Olga
McMenamin, Christine
Journal name Journal of mobile technology in medicine
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 21
Total pages 8
Publisher JMTM
Place of publication Washington, D. C.
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 1839-7808
Keyword(s) internet
mobile phone apps
patients
clinical practice
Summary Background: New technology such as the internet and mobile phone applications (“apps”) are increasingly being used in clinical practice. However, little is known in regards to individual’s attitudes towards medical professionals using the internet and apps in the context of their own medical care. The aim of the present study was to examine and compare individual’s attitudes towards the use of medically related internet sites and apps in clinical practice. 

Method: Participants completed an on-line survey which contained questions regarding their own use of mobile phones and the internet, their use of healthcare facilities, and their attitudes towards medical professionals using the internet and apps during consultations. Attitudes were assessed by asking participants to rate 11 statements on a 5 point scale. 

Results: The survey was completed by 141 individuals. All participants owned a mobile phone, with 82% owning one with application support. Furthermore, all participants had access to the internet at home. Generally participants had more favourable attitudes towards medical professionals using the internet than apps. For example, participants found it more acceptable for doctors to use medically related internet sites than mobile phone apps during consultations with patients.

Conclusion: It is possible that attitudes towards the internet were more favourable than that for apps because the internet has been available longer and consequently individuals are more familiar with it. Prior to using newer electronic resources, especially apps, medical professionals should adequately inform patients in regards to their intended use to avoid potential misconceptions. 
Language eng
DOI 10.7309/jmtm.77
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Journal of mobile technology in medicine
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062055

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