Information in general medical practice: a qualitative approach

Wood, F.E., Ellis, D., Bacigalupo, R. and Simpson, S. (1995) Information in general medical practice: a qualitative approach. Topics in Health Information Management, 16(2), pp. 10-18.

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The aims of the study reported here were to describe the information-related behavior of general medical practitioners, to study information communication in general practices, and to establish guidelines for good practice. General practitioners (GPs) were interviewed, and information and communication audits also involving other staff at the practices were undertaken. The main reasons why GPs needed information were for patient care, managing the practice, legal and ethical matters, and teaching trainee GPs. Most practices had problems with internal and external communication and the storage and retrieval of information. The main conclusion is that practices need to have an information strategy that considers human, manual, and computer aspects of information handling.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simpson, Professor Sharon
Authors: Wood, F.E., Ellis, D., Bacigalupo, R., and Simpson, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Topics in Health Information Management
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