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Arch Hellen Med, 31(6), November-December 2014, 702-717


Study of the knowledge and attitudes of health care professionals about computers

D. Tsoromokos,1 P. Prezerakos,2 S. Tziaferi,2 Α. Lazakidou2
1Department of Technical and Biomedical Engineering, Nursing Unit of Molai, General Hospital of Laconia, Molai,
2Department of Nursing, Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences, University of the Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece

OBJECTIVE To investigate the knowledge and attitudes of health professionals on the use of computers and the factors that shape this attitude, and to compare the attitudes towards the implementation and use of computers among three groups of health professionals, doctors, nurses and administrative staff.

METHOD A survey was conducted on 300 healthcare professionals in the General Hospital of Laconia. Data were collected using the questionnaire Nurses' Attitudes Toward Computerization (NATC) of Brodt and Stronge (1984) by electronic survey through a specific web application. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), v. 19.0.

RESULTS Health professionals reported, on average, "unsure to disagree" that the use of computers would reduce jobs (2.7), "disagree" about whether the hospital derives benefit from computer use (2.5), on average "unsure to agree" that there is increased legal liability of staff from computer use (3.5), on average "agree" that quality care is provided to the patient by the use of computers (3.7) and "agree" that there is an increase in efficiency and capacity of staff with computer use (3.8).

CONCLUSIONS The age, the total years of working experience, the date of receiving diploma, the computer knowledge, the experience in the use of computers in general and at work and the number of years of present work are factors that influence the attitudes of health professionals towards computers.

Key words: Computer and internet use, Health care professionals, Hospital information systems (HIS), Knowledge and attitudes.

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