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Physicians' Perceptions of Electronic Prescribing with an Electronic Medical Record in Kuwait Primary Healthcare Centers

Almutairi, BA; Potts, HWW; Al-Azmi, SF; (2018) Physicians' Perceptions of Electronic Prescribing with an Electronic Medical Record in Kuwait Primary Healthcare Centers. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal , 18 (4) e476-e482. 10.18295/squmj.2018.18.04.008. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate physicians’ perceptions of electronic prescribing in Kuwaiti primary healthcare centres. // METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted between June and August 2017 among 368 physicians from 25 primary healthcare centres in Kuwait. Data were collected from the participants using a self-reported questionnaire, including sociodemographic characteristics, previous experience with computers and awareness, knowledge and use of e-prescribing systems and their functional features. In addition, perceptions of the benefits and levels of satisfaction associated with e-prescribing were explored. // RESULTS: A total of 306 physicians completed the survey (response rate: 83%). The majority had positive perceptions regarding the use of e-prescribing, particularly in terms of time-savings (86%), healthcare quality (84%), productivity (80%) and clinical workflow and efficiency (83%). However, many respondents indicated that e-prescribing systems required additional improvements in terms of functionality. // CONCLUSION: Most physicians in primary healthcare centres in Kuwait recognised the importance of e-prescribing to improve the quality of patient care, streamline workflow, increase productivity and reduce medical errors. However, there is a need to improve the design and infrastructure of e-prescribing systems, which may aid in the adoption of such systems in Kuwait.

Type: Article
Title: Physicians' Perceptions of Electronic Prescribing with an Electronic Medical Record in Kuwait Primary Healthcare Centers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.18295/squmj.2018.18.04.008
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2018.18.04.008
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Computer-Assisted Drug Therapies; Electronic Prescribing; Electronic Medical Records; Physicians; Primary Healthcare; Kuwait
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > CHIME
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071348
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