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Computerization of clinical practice in Hong Kong: a study of Chinese medicine practitioners.
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PMID:  12851056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To explore the current level of computerization in clinical practice in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through a population-based, Chinese medicine practitioner (CMP). METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A self-completed, one-page two-sided, questionnaire were sent to the sample via mail, and a second mailing was sent to those who had not replied after 14 days. The sample consisted of 3335 listed CMPs registered with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong in 2002. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: We received 1036 questionnaires from this mailed survey. After deducting those who had moved (n = 60), we calculated a response rate of 31.6%. Male respondents accounted for 81.8% (n = 847) of replies, and 279 respondents (26.9%) had used computer in their practices. The present analyses provide evidence that CMPs' current overall level of knowledge and use of computers in clinical practice is far from optimal. At best, only about 6.5% and 8.4% of CMPs in the study sample had computerized 4 - 8 clinical and 3 - 6 administrative functions, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: In Hong Kong primary health care systems place much emphasis on quality outcomes and cost reduction. In order to achieve these goals, apparatus that allows greater accountability represents a means by which healthcare providers and policy makers can exercise greater control over healthcare services. Thus, implementation of computer systems in clinical practice can be seen as a prominent part of this overall philosophy. The present study has systematically documented the extent of clinical computer use in HK, identified areas for improvement, as well as specific groups of CMPs who might benefit from targeted efforts to promote computerization in practice for CMPs.
Moon Fai Chan; Tse Sonny; Mary Day; T F Tong; Lorna Suen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical informatics and the Internet in medicine     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1463-9238     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Inform Internet Med     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-09     Completed Date:  2003-10-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883495     Medline TA:  Med Inform Internet Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon.
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MeSH Terms
Diffusion of Innovation
Health Services Research
Hong Kong
Medical Records Systems, Computerized / utilization*
Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
Practice Management, Medical / statistics & numerical data*

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