Medical students' knowledge in e-health in developing countries: A survey in Sri Lanka

Edirippulige, Sisira, Fujisawa, Yoshikazu, Marasinghe, Rohana B., Jiffry, Mohamed T. M., Smith, Anthony C. and Wootton, Richard (2007). Medical students' knowledge in e-health in developing countries: A survey in Sri Lanka. In: HEALTHCOM 2007: Ubiquitous healthcare in aging societies. 9th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Service, Taipei, Taiwan, (95-99). 19-22 June 2007. doi:10.1109/HEALTH.2007.381612


Author Edirippulige, Sisira
Fujisawa, Yoshikazu
Marasinghe, Rohana B.
Jiffry, Mohamed T. M.
Smith, Anthony C.
Wootton, Richard
Title of paper Medical students' knowledge in e-health in developing countries: A survey in Sri Lanka
Conference name 9th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application and Service
Conference location Taipei, Taiwan
Conference dates 19-22 June 2007
Proceedings title HEALTHCOM 2007: Ubiquitous healthcare in aging societies
Journal name HEALTHCOM 2007: Ubiquitous Healthcare in Aging Societies
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ, United States
Publisher IEEE
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/HEALTH.2007.381612
ISBN 9781424409426
142440942X
Start page 95
End page 99
Total pages 4
Language eng
Abstract/Summary It is believed that the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be a potential alternative to address some of the daunting problems in healthcare sector in developing countries. Knowledge, skills and acceptance of e- health by health professionals are essential attributes of a successful integration of this new tool. This study investigates the knowledge 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 and attitudes of medical students towards e-health was distributed to all final year students (n=136) at the Faculty of Medicine, Sri Jayewardenepura University, Sri Lanka. 100 surveys (74%) were completed and returned. Fifty one per cent rated their knowledge of e-health applications as minimal. The majority (88%) admitted that they had no e-health education or training of any kind. Similar number of respondents (80%) thought that e-health had an important role to play in health sector, particularly in developing countries. We also found that respondents had very poor access to computers and Internet use was rare. A large number of respondents (77%) admitted that their medical curriculum did not provide them knowledge and skills in e-health.
Keyword e-Health
Medical education
Curriculum development
Developing countries
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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