Use of mobile devices as a tool in the clinical setting among orthopedic surgeons and trainees has increased during a 48-month period, according to results.
From August 2010 to August 2014, researchers sent a questionnaire to 678 institutions to evaluate the use of mobile devices and applications among trainees and physicians in the clinical setting. Researchers collected data at seven time points from [467, 622, 329, 223, 237, 111 and 134] orthopedic caregivers during a 48-month period.
By Casey Tingle, Healio Orthopedics Today April 26, 2016.
Results showed an increase in the number of providers with Smartphone devices during the 4-year period. Smartphone application use within practice also increased from 59% in 2010 to 84% in 2014 for trainees and from 41% to 62% during 2010 to 2011 for attending surgeons. These rates were around 55% to 60% through 2014 for attending surgeons, according to results. From December 2011 through August 2014, researchers found the use of tablets for medical decisions ranged from 43% to 51% for trainees and from 31% to 39% for attending surgeons.
Although most surgeons believed their hospital or institution should support Smartphone use, results showed 50% of orthopedic surgeons responded positively when asked whether their hospital or institution actually supported mobile devices in the clinical setting.
Researchers found an average of 46% of trainees and 31% of attending surgeons thought mobile computing was likely to improve patient interactions between December 2011 and August 2014.
During the same time period, however, researchers also noted 87% of trainees and 58% of attending surgeons believed mobile computing allowed them to be better physicians.
Source Healio Orthopedics Today
Mobile Device Trends in Orthopedic Surgery: Rapid Change and Future Implications, Andrawis JP, Muzykewicz DA, Franko OI. Orthopedics. 2016 Jan 1;39(1):e51-6. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20151228-01. Epub 2016 Jan 5.
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