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Article: Computerization of clinical practice in Hong Kong: A study of Chinese medicine practitioners

TitleComputerization of clinical practice in Hong Kong: A study of Chinese medicine practitioners
Authors
KeywordsHong Kong
Chinese medicine practitioner
Traditional Chinese medicine
Issue Date2003
Citation
Informatics for Health and Social Care, 2003, v. 28, n. 1, p. 43-57 How to Cite?
AbstractPrimary objectives: 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. © 2003 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230893
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.359

 

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dc.contributor.authorChan, Moon Fai-
dc.contributor.authorTse, Sonny H M-
dc.contributor.authorDay, Mary C.-
dc.contributor.authorTong, T. F.-
dc.contributor.authorSuen, Lorna-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-01T06:07:05Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-01T06:07:05Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationInformatics for Health and Social Care, 2003, v. 28, n. 1, p. 43-57-
dc.identifier.issn1753-8157-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230893-
dc.description.abstractPrimary objectives: 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. © 2003 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofInformatics for Health and Social Care-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectChinese medicine practitioner-
dc.subjectTraditional Chinese medicine-
dc.titleComputerization of clinical practice in Hong Kong: A study of Chinese medicine practitioners-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1463923031000124029-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84860396275-
dc.identifier.volume28-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage43-
dc.identifier.epage57-
dc.identifier.eissn1753-8165-

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