Qp.10 Information Technology Usage Among Slovene Primary Care Physicians

Author(s): 
R. Iljaz
Family Physician, Brezice, Slovenia
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Background.
The level of computerization in primary care, physicians’ satisfaction and expectations, as well as identification of important obstacles are important parameters to be measured in health care system. The purpose of the study was to determine the current level of information technology and electronic medical record use in Slovenia, and to assess physicians’ satisfaction regarding the current situation, and their expectations about quality improvement by computer usage.
Methods.
A cross-sectional study was conducted on a random sample of Slovene primary care physicians. A subgroup made up of family medicine lecturers was included. The questionnaire, based on some relevant international questionnaires, such as QUIS, PHUE, CSUQ, was administered by interview, by conventional postal mail and by e-mail to randomly selected primary care physicians. Statistical analysis was done by the data analysis Plus and SPSS statistical packages.
Results.
A total of 47 properly completed questionnaires were received, the response rate being 61.8 %.Significant differences in the time of computer, Internet and e-mail use were found between the subgroup of family medicine lecturers and other respondents. Multivariate analysis identified e-mail use as a significant predictor of higher physicians’ satisfaction with electronic health records. A significant correlation was found between physicians’ satisfaction and their expectations regarding quality improvement (r square = 0.395)
Conclusions.
The collected data may give an important impetus to further computerisation of Slovene primary care settings. The sample size, however, may not be representative enough of the population studied to allow for valid conclusions.
Literature: 
QP.10 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY USAGE AMONG SLOVENE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS