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General practitioner participants in a telemedicine trial: comparisons with their peers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11265936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A study was conducted to determine whether general practitioners (GPs) participating in a telemedicine trial were self-selected enthusiasts for information technology compared with GPs in general. We compared two experimental groups of GPs in London and Wales (n = 126) who had volunteered to participate in a telemedicine trial and two randomly selected groups of GPs from the same areas (total n = 300) who acted as controls. A postal questionnaire was used and achieved a 79% response rate. There were no significant differences in the demographic characteristics of the experimental and control groups in London and Wales, except that the London telemedicine GPs (mean age 41.9 years) were significantly younger than the London controls (mean age 46.6 years). The control GPs were similar to the telemedicine GPs in terms of frequency of computer use and their responses to statements about their attitudes to computers. In the combined telemedicine and control groups, 85% and 77% respectively said that they enjoyed using computers. Telemedicine GPs used computers more frequently for administrative purposes but they shared the same attitudes towards information technology as GPs in general. In all situations where GPs could exercise personal choice, the control and experimental groups were similar.
S Snowden; R Harrison; P Wallace
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1357-633X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Telemed Telecare     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-26     Completed Date:  2001-04-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College School of Medicine, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Attitude to Computers*
Chi-Square Distribution
Middle Aged
Physicians, Family / psychology*
Regression Analysis
Sample Size
Statistics, Nonparametric

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