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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Factors Affecting Clinician Acceptance of Clinical Decision Support

BioMed Central | Abstract | 1472-6947-6-6 | A Survey of Factors Affecting Clinician Acceptance of Clinical Decision Support

This paper by Dean Sittig, Michael Krall, Richard Dykstra, Alen Russell and Home Chin, which has just been published in the BMC journal Medical Informatics and Decision Making reports a survey of 110 adult primary care physicians in one (US) Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO).

They concluded that: "Even though a majority of our clinical decision support suggestions are not explicitly followed, clinicians feel they are of benefit and would be even more beneficial if they had more time available to address them."

Time and work patterns are obviously significant but this sort of research shows some indication of the ways in which Clinical Decision Support Systems need to perform to achieve acceptance, and illustrate wider issues about the use of technology by clinical staff.

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