Physician individual differences related to willingness to use a computer-based DSS

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Probst, Adam C.
Shaffer, Victoria A.
Chan, Y. Raymond

Probst, C. Adam, Shaffer, Victoria A. and Raymond Chan(2009). Physician Individual Differences Related to Willingness to Use a Computer-Based DSS. In Proceedings: 5th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 150-151


Computer-based diagnostic support systems (DSS)s have been shown to reduce medication errors and treatment costs, aid in diagnosis, and assist in preventative medicine. While a large number of physicians have access to computer-based DSS, many physicians do not use all functions of the system. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore individual differences in physicians' willingness to employ a computer-based DSS. 59 physicians in several different domains of medicine completed an online survey. The survey contained demographic information, classification (med student, intern, resident, or practicing physician), years in practice, and several individual difference measures including comfort/familiarity with computers attitudes toward statistics, and willingness to employ a computer-based DSS. We found that physicians believe DSS to be beneficial both general and specialized medicine. They are more willing to use computer-based DSS as information systems rather than diagnostic tools. In addition, confidence in one's diagnostic ability, computer use, Internet use, and attitude toward statistics plays no major role in a physician's willingness to use computer-based DSS.

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Paper presented to the 5th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, May 1, 2009.
Research completed at the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences