Canadian Family Physicians’ Assimilation of Digital Health Technologies

13 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022

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Guy Pare

HEC Montreal

Marie-Pascale Pomey

University of Montreal

Louis Raymond

University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres - Administrative Sciences Department

Janine Badr

University of Montreal

Date Written: January 23, 2022

Abstract

Objective: This study investigates the assimilation of dHealth by family physicians to further understand the breadth and depth of their use in clinical practice for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, and for the monitoring of chronically-ill patients.

Methods: The study was designed as an online survey. An invitation to participate was sent to all members of the Quebec Federation of General Practitioners. Valid data was collected from 768 family physicians (10%).

Results: Findings show that a large majority of the respondents have yet to assimilate dHealth technologies. This is true in terms of both the physicians not incorporating dHealth technologies into their routine work patterns and not using these technologies to their full potential. The minority of respondents who showed a somewhat higher level of assimilation were motivated by patients’ greater requests related to dHealth and a greater chronic care caseload, they have greater dHealth training needs, they are younger, and they use an EMR system that includes more functionalities.

Conclusions: This study has policy implications in terms of the need for greater dHealth training of family physicians, greater interoperability and integration of the dHealth tools made available to them, and greater awareness of their patients’ emerging attitudes and behaviors with regard to dHealth applications.

Keywords: digital health; e-health; family physician; assimilation; routinization; infusion; survey.

Suggested Citation

Pare, Guy and Pomey, Marie-Pascale and Raymond, Louis and Badr, Janine, Canadian Family Physicians’ Assimilation of Digital Health Technologies (January 23, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4015815 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4015815

Guy Pare (Contact Author)

HEC Montreal ( email )

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Marie-Pascale Pomey

University of Montreal ( email )

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Louis Raymond

University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres - Administrative Sciences Department ( email )

Quebec
Canada

Janine Badr

University of Montreal ( email )

C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada

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