Australian nurses' and midwives' knowledge of computers and their attitudes to using them in their practice

Webster, Joan, Davis, James, Holt, Victoria, Stallan, Glenys, New, Karen and Yegdich, Tanis (2003) Australian nurses' and midwives' knowledge of computers and their attitudes to using them in their practice. Journal of advanced nursing, 41 2: 140-146. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02523.x


Author Webster, Joan
Davis, James
Holt, Victoria
Stallan, Glenys
New, Karen
Yegdich, Tanis
Title Australian nurses' and midwives' knowledge of computers and their attitudes to using them in their practice
Journal name Journal of advanced nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-2402
1365-2648
Publication date 2003-01-10
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02523.x
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 140
End page 146
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Science Ltd (a Blackwell Publishing Company)
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
Abstract Background. The introduction of a new information retrieval system for the use of health service staff at a large tertiary referral hospital provided an excellent opportunity for nurses to make greater use of evidence to inform their practice. However, the extent to which nurses were able to access the resource was unknown. Aim. The aim of the study was to obtain this information and to test nurses' knowledge of computers and their attitudes to using them in their practice. Methods. During October 2001 a computer use questionnaire was attached to the pay advice slips of all nursing staff at the Royal Brisbane and Royal Women's Hospital ( n = 1708). Staff were asked to return their completed questionnaire in a preaddressed return envelope. To encourage this, a prize (a Gold Class cinema pass for two) was offered. Results. Of the 1708 questionnaires distributed, 590 were returned, giving a 34·5% response rate. Computer use was influenced by education, nursing seniority, age, and length of time in the service and, to a lesser extent, gender. Conclusions. Information from the study has assisted planners and educators to identify clusters of nurses to target for interventions in this area. Results will also be used to assess the success of any interventions.
Keyword nursing
evidence-based practice
attitudes
computer literacy
cross sectional study
computer use questionnaire
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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