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dc.contributor.authorUsher, Wayneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:24:10Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:24:10Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2013-05-29T03:32:14Z
dc.identifier.issn0017-8969en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0017896910375887en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35405
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: To identify health website recommendation trends by Gold Coast (Australia) general ractitioners (GPs) to their patients. Method A mixed method approach to data collection and analysis was employed. Quantitative data were ollected using a prepaid postal survey, consisting of 17 questions, mailed to 250 (61 per cent) of 410 GPs n the Gold Coast (Australia). The resulting empirical data and resulting themes were further used to design semi-structured interview questions. A total of 15 (8 male, 7 female) GPs volunteered to be interviewed. Results Fifty-nine per cent of participating GPs recommend health websites to their patients during onsultations. Male GPs (63 per cent), those aged 41-50 years (55 per cent), and those practising for < 10 years (60 per cent) were more inclined to recommend a health website to a patient. From the survey data, eight principle categories presented themselves as to GPs' recommendation trends, these including; 'Do not recommend websites' - (1) Limited time, (2) Prefer to personally discuss, (3) Reliability issues, (4) Biased information - and 'Do recommend health websites' - (5) Helps to educate patient, (6) Enhances the doctor-patient relationship, (7) Age-appropriate technology, (8) Treatment orientated. The semi-structured interviews presented a further eight sub-categories and have been identified as: (1) Fewer female GPs than male GPs recommend health websites, (2) Age and years of experience of GPs affect internet prescription trends, (3) Patients more knowledgeable, (4) 'Sweeteners' offered by pharmaceutical companies, (5) A high influence by pharmaceutical companies on the WWW/internet, (6) A lack of knowledge pertaining to reliability issues - issues of trust, (7) Limited knowledge pertaining to interactivity and usability components, and (8) A need for further medical education for GPs. Conclusion More than half of the surveyed GPs actively recommend websites to their patients, with a GP's sex, age and years of experience influencing his or her recommendation decisions. There are numerous and varied reasons as to why GPs 'do' or 'do not' recommend health websites to their patients. Web-based continuing medical education courses or programmes in medical schools may help GPs develop the skills necessary for the delivery of effective e-health care.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom117en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto130en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHealth Education Journalen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume70en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEducation not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode139999en_US
dc.titleA health website recommendation from Gold Coast general practitioners to their patients: A mixed method approachen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2011
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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