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Study: Residents feel uncomfortable using medical apps in front of senior physicians, patients

Residency Program Insider, July 18, 2014

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Junior doctors (i.e. residents) at Lincoln County Hospital in the United Kingdom reported that using a medical app on their smartphones was helpful but felt uncomfortable using it in front of senior physicians and patients, according to a study recently published in the Health Informatics Journal.
 
The study found that 68% of residents felt the app, which contained disease management guidelines, antibiotic dosing protocols, and a hospital directory, helped save them time performing clinical activities. Forty-five percent of the residents also said they believed the app had a positive impact on patient care.

Despite the perceived benefits, in post-study interviews, the residents express concerns with appearing unprofessional if they were seen checking the app, fearing others would think they were texting or making phone calls.

Due to the study’s small sample size of just 39 residents, the authors acknowledge that additional studies are required. The result of this pilot study, at the very least, show that the culture of the hospital environment plays a role in mobile app usage.

Source: Health Informatics Journal

 



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