A Survey of PDA Use by Palliative Medicine Practitioners
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This paper describes the results of a Web survey on the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) by physicians across Canada involved with the delivery of palliative medicine in different settings. Seventy-two physicians responded to the survey from April to July 2005. The survey revealed 58.3% of respondents currently use PDAs on a daily basis, mostly to organize their practice and to look up medical references. Some use their PDAs to store patient information and to access a central electronic patient record (EPR). In terms of potential PDA use in palliative medicine, six thematic areas are suggested: medical references, EPR, staying connected, personal productivity, clinical research, and issues/concerns. For implications, healthcare organizations should consider mobile technology as part of their information systems strategy. The feasibility of a portable EPR for palliative medicine should be explored, and an information-based approach can help advance palliative medicine research in Canada.
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