Use of email for patient communication in student health care: a cross-sectional study


Näytä suppeat kuvailutiedot Castrén, Johanna - Niemi, Marja - Virjo, Irma - 2012-06-17T20:14:18Z 2012-06-16 09:14:28 - 2012-06-17T20:14:18Z 2005 -
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6947 -
dc.description BioMed Central Open access -
dc.description.abstract Background Citizens increasingly use email in personal communication. It is not however clear to what extent physicians utilize it for patient communication. Our study was designed to examine physicians' activity in using email and to estimate the proportion of email messages missing from documentation in electronic patient records (EPR). Methods All physicians (n = 76; 48 general practitioners and 28 specialists) at the Finnish Student Health Service received a questionnaire by email, and were asked to print it and keep a daily tally of visits, phone calls and email messages over the study period of one working week (5.5. – 9.5.2003). The response rate was 70%. The data originating from the questionnaire were compared with statistical data from the EPR during the study period. Results The majority (79%, 41/52) of doctors reported using email with patients, averaging 8.6 (range: 0–96) email contacts and a percentage rate of "email / visit" 20% (range: 0–185%) in one working week. Doctors in the capital city region and those doctors who had a positive attitude toward email for patient communication were most active in email use. Up to 73% of email contacts were not documented in the EPR. Conclusion The activity in using email with patients verified among Finnish physicians is compatible with recent study results elsewhere. The notable proportion of un-recorded email messages establishes the need for an electric communication system built into the EPR to improve the quality of patient care and to limit medico-legal risks. -
dc.language.iso en -
dc.title Use of email for patient communication in student health care: a cross-sectional study -
dc.type fi=Artikkeli aikakauslehdessä | en=Journal article| -
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:uta-3-648 -
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1472-6947-5-2 -
dc.type.version fi=Kustantajan versio | en=Publisher's version| -
dc.subject.okm fi=Terveystiede | en=Health care science| -
dc.journal.title BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making -
dc.journal.volume 5 -
dc.journal.number 2 -
dc.journal.volumepagerange 1-6 -
dc.oldstats 68 -

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