Gold Coast general practitioners' recommendations of health websites to their patients

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Title Gold Coast general practitioners' recommendations of health websites to their patients
Author Usher, Wayne Tony
Journal Name Medical Journal of Australia
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To identify trends associated with health website recommendations by selected general practitioners to their patients. DESIGN AND SETTING: Quantitative data collection using a prepaid postal survey, consisting of 17 questions, mailed to 250 of 410 GPs (61%) on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The survey was conducted between 9 October and 11 December 2006. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: GPs' website recommendations to patients; associated GP demographic variables (age, sex and years of practice). RESULTS: 59% (64/108) of participating GPs recommend health websites to their patients during consultations. Male GPs (63%, 45/72), those aged 41-50 years (55%, 35/64), and those practising for < 10 years (60%, 12/20) are more inclined to recommend a health website to a patient. The majority of GPs (69%, 44/64) reported that they most often recommended websites to patients 26-45 years old. 53% of GPs (34/64) recommended websites to 1%-20% of their male patients, while 47% (30/64) recommended websites to 21%-40% of their female patients. A greater proportion of participating female GPs (47%, 17/36) do not recommend health websites, compared with male GPs (38%, 27/72). CONCLUSIONS: More than half the surveyed GPs actively recommend websites to their patients, with a GP's sex, age and years of experience influencing his or her recommendation decisions. Web-based continuing medical education courses or programs in medical schools may help doctors develop the skills necessary for the delivery of effective e-health care.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 187
Issue Number 2
Page from 82
Page to 83
ISSN 0025-729X
Date Accessioned 2007-07-16
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Health Promotion; Medical and Health Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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