Medical students' knowledge and perceptions of e-health: results of a study in Sri Lanka

Edirippulige, Sisira, Marasinghe, Rohana B., Smith, Anthony C., Fujisawa, Yoshikazu, Herath, Walisundara B., Jiffry, M. T. M. and Wootton, Richard (2007). Medical students' knowledge and perceptions of e-health: results of a study in Sri Lanka. In: Klaus A. Kuhn, James A. Warren and Tze-Yun, Leong, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. MEDINFO 2007. Proceedings of: 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics – Building Sustainable Health Systems. 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics – Building Sustainable Health Systems, Brisbane, Australia, (1406-1409). 20-24 August 2007.


Author Edirippulige, Sisira
Marasinghe, Rohana B.
Smith, Anthony C.
Fujisawa, Yoshikazu
Herath, Walisundara B.
Jiffry, M. T. M.
Wootton, Richard
Title of paper Medical students' knowledge and perceptions of e-health: results of a study in Sri Lanka
Conference name 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics – Building Sustainable Health Systems
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 20-24 August 2007
Proceedings title Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. MEDINFO 2007. Proceedings of: 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics – Building Sustainable Health Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Medinfo 2007: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress On Health (medical) Informatics, Pts 1 and 2   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781586037741
1586037749
ISSN 0926-9630
Editor Klaus A. Kuhn
James A. Warren
Tze-Yun, Leong
Volume 129
Start page 1406
End page 1409
Total pages 4
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary The present study investigates the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of medical students in Sri Lanka in regard to e-health. We also examined the barriers which impede them to develop knowledge and skills in e-health within their medical curriculum. A questionnaire focusing on the knowledge, attitudes and expectations of medical students towards e-health was distributed to all final year students (n=136) at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Sri Jayewardenepura University, Sri Lanka. Response rate was 74%. 43% of respondents stated that they were familiar with the term e-health. 51% rated their knowledge of e-health applications as minimal. 88% admitted that they had no e-health education or training of any kind. Over 80% of all respondents thought that e-health had an important role to play in the current and future health sector, particularly in developing countries. Our survey revealed that respondents had very poor access to computers and Internet use was rare. 77% of respondents admitted that they were not provided with systematic knowledge and skills in e-health through their medical curriculum and identified the absence of formal education in e-health as a serious shortcoming.
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Subjects 321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
E1
Keyword Medical education
E-health
Curriculum development
Developing countries
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
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