Junior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study

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Junior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study
Authors: Benjamin Hughes, Indra Joshi, Hugh Lemonde, Jonathan Wareham [edit item]
Citation: International Journal of Medical Informatics 78 (10): 645-655. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.04.008.
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Junior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study is a publication by Benjamin Hughes, Indra Joshi, Hugh Lemonde, Jonathan Wareham.


[edit] Abstract

Background: Web 2.0 internet tools and methods have attracted considerable attention as a means to improve health care delivery. Despite evidence demonstrating their use by medical professionals, there is no detailed research describing how Web 2.0 influences physicians' daily clinical practice. Hence this study examines Web 2.0 use by 35 junior physicians in clinical settings to further understand their impact on medical practice. Method: Diaries and interviews encompassing 177 days of internet use or 444 search incidents, analyzed via thematic analysis. Results: Results indicate that 53\% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80\% and 70\% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information. Conclusion: Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.

[edit] Research questions

"RQ1: How often are Web 2.0 tools and internet sites used for clinical purposes? RQ2: What are the motivations and purposes for using Web 2.0 tools? RQ3: In what circumstances do physicians see that these tools can be further used in the clinical context?"

Research details

Topics: Health information source [edit item]
Domains: Health [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Grounded theory, Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Interview responses, Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Results indicate that 53% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80% and 70% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information.

Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use."

[edit] Comments

""There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, [such as Google and Wikipedia] and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician"."


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AbstractBackground: Web 2.0 internet tools and metBackground: Web 2.0 internet tools and methods have attracted considerable attention as a means to improve health care delivery. Despite evidence demonstrating their use by medical professionals, there is no detailed research describing how Web 2.0 influences physicians' daily clinical practice. Hence this study examines Web 2.0 use by 35 junior physicians in clinical settings to further understand their impact on medical practice. Method: Diaries and interviews encompassing 177 days of internet use or 444 search incidents, analyzed via thematic analysis. Results: Results indicate that 53\% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80\% and 70\% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information. Conclusion: Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.k and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Comments"There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, [such as Google and Wikipedia] and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician".
ConclusionResults indicate that 53% of internet visiResults indicate that 53% of internet visits employed user-generated or Web 2.0 content, with Google and Wikipedia used by 80% and 70% of physicians, respectively. Despite awareness of information credibility risks with Web 2.0 content, it has a role in information seeking for both clinical decisions and medical education. This is enabled by the ability to cross check information and the diverse needs for background and non-verified information. Web 2.0 use represents a profound departure from previous learning and decision processes which were normally controlled by senior medical staff or medical schools. There is widespread concern with the risk of poor quality information with Web 2.0 use, and the manner in which physicians are using it suggest effective use derives from the mitigating actions by the individual physician. Three alternative policy options are identified to manage this risk and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.k and improve efficiency in Web 2.0's use.
Data sourceInterview responses + and Survey responses +
Doi10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.04.008 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Junior%2Bphysician%27s%2Buse%2Bof%2BWeb%2B2.0%2Bfor%2Binformation%2Bseeking%2Band%2Bmedical%2Beducation%3A%2Ba%2Bqualitative%2Bstudy%22 +
Has authorBenjamin Hughes +, Indra Joshi +, Hugh Lemonde + and Jonathan Wareham +
Has domainHealth +
Has topicHealth information source +
Issue10 +
Pages645-655 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inInternational Journal of Medical Informatics +
Research designGrounded theory + and Statistical analysis +
Research questionsRQ1: How often are Web 2.0 tools and internet sites used for clinical purposes?

RQ2: What are the motivations and purposes for using Web 2.0 tools?

RQ3: In what circumstances do physicians see that these tools can be further used in the clinical context?
Revid10,841 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleJunior physician's use of Web 2.0 for information seeking and medical education: a qualitative study
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.04.008 +
Volume78 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2009 +