ERIC Number: ED329408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns of Information Technology Adoption among Rural Health Providers in North Dakota.
Ahmed, Kazi A.; And Others
This study examines the information sources used by practicing rural physicians in North Dakota to keep current with new information in their area of specialty. The hypotheses tested were: (1) there are more male than female rural practitioners in North Dakota; (2) rural physicians depend on printed material to fulfill regular need for information related to their practice; (3) rural physicians fulfill their information need by frequently using local medical reference libraries; (4) rural physicians have a demand for only a limited number and type of information from medical libraries; (5) a large number attend professional meetings and conferences to fill the void of face-to-face contact with colleagues; (6) utilization patterns vary significantly between general practitioners and specialists; (7) practitioners, who have recently taught medical students vary significantly in their mean score on the extent of information sources used; and (8) age of the rural physician has a significant effect on the extent of information used. Data were collected by a survey of 278 rural health care practitioners in North Dakota. The study used simple descriptive statistical analysis to test the first five hypotheses, and a multivariate technique, ANOVA, to test the last three hypotheses. Results yielded support for all hypotheses. More efforts should focus on bringing better machines (such as on-line computer searches and facsimile machines) and programs to rural physicians to meet their information needs. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural Sociological Society Conference (Norfolk, VA, August 7-12, 1990).