Handheld Computer Usage and Satisfaction Survey

Scott Strayer, MD, MPH

Thanks for volunteering to take our short survey. We are interested in learning more about how physicians utilize handheld computers in their clinical practice and daily lives.


Contact Information

Name: Marit Kington
Address: University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine PO Box 800729 Charlottesville, VA 22908
Voice: 434-982-1756
Fax: 434-243-4800
Email: mlk8f@virginia.edu


1.
 

Tell us about your background
   
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1.1.  

Your name:
 
   
     
  a. First
  b. Last

 
   

1.2.  

Gender:
 
   
    Male
   
    Female

 
   

1.3.  

Age:     

 
   

1.4.  

Would you list your computer literacy as: (Novice indicates no computer experience. Expert implies programming/compiling ability)
 
   
  Novice       Expert
 

 
   

1.5.  

Have you had computer programming experience (ie. a course or seminar)?
 
   
  Yes   No
   

 
   

1.6.  

What type of handheld computer do you use? (Select all that apply)
 
   
    Palm (Palm OS)
   
    Pocket PC (Windows CE)
   
    Not Sure
   
    I don't use a handheld computer
   
   
Other, Please Specify:  

 
   

1.7.  

How much experience have you had with a handheld computer (months or years)?
 
   
     
  a. Months?
  b. Years?
   
 
  Not Applicable


 
   

1.8.  

Undergraduate major:
 
   
 

 
   

1.9.  

Your status in the program:
 
   
    Faculty
   
    1st Year Resident
   
    2nd Year Resident
   
    3rd Year Resident
   
    Chief Resident

 
   

1.10.  

What medical school did you graduate from?
 
   
 

 
   

1.11.  

Graduation year:     



2.
 

Your handheld computer use
   
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During the last week that you worked a full schedule, please indicate how often you used your handheld for the following tasks:

 
   

2.1.  

Document Procedures Performed
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.2.  

Check Medication Dosage
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.3.  

Check Medication Interaction
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.4.  

Medical Reference (ie. 5 Minute Clinical Consult, Merck Manual, others)
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.5.  

Medical Calculation (eg. ABG)
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.6.  

Patient Billing
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.7.  

Scheduling/Appointments (Personal)
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.8.  

Scheduling/Appointments (Patients)
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.9.  

Memo Pad
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.10.  

To Do List
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.11.  

Addresses/Phone Numbers
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.12.  

OB Calculations/Tracking
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.13.  

Recording Inpatient/Outpatient Data
 
   
    Never
   
    Weekly or Less
   
    Several Times a Week
   
    Daily
   
    Several Times a Day
   
    Hourly

 
   

2.14.  

Please indicate how often your handheld computer helped you accomplish the following:
 
   
      Never Monthly or Less Weekly Daily
  a. Prevent medication errors
  b. Practice Evidence-Based Medicine
  c. Save time looking up drugs
  d. Save time looking up other medical information
  e. Save time informing patients
  f. Enhanced a medical decision for one of my patients



3.
 

Your opinions about handheld computers
   
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3.1.  

For the following questions, rate how much you agree with the following statements. The Handheld Computer:
 
   
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  a. Improves quality of patient care
  b. Helps me be more efficient
  c. Facilitates learning and improves my knowledge
  d. Improves communication with my colleagues
  e. Improves financial processes of the clinic (faster billing)
  f. Has useful features
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  g. Is easy to learn
  h. Is easy to use
  i. Is convenient to carry
  j. Has a sufficiently long battery life
  k. Keeps my data safe
  l. Enhances my image in the eyes of my patients
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  m. Enhances my image in the eyes of my colleagues
  n. Helps with patient education
  o. Improves my efficiency

 
   

3.2.  

Please identify some of the barriers to using a handheld computer listed below:
 
   
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  a. Lack of technical support for handheld computers
  b. Lack of training in use of handheld computers
  c. May increase length of patient visit
  d. Patients may perceive a lack of knowledge if I use a handheld computer
  e. Patients do not like me to use a handheld computer
  f. Lack of time
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  g. High cost of handheld computers
  h. Lack of availability of handheld computers
  i. Lack of relevant courses/lectures on using handheld computers
  j. High cost of courses on handheld computers
  k. Lack of interest in handheld computers
  l. Lack of confidentiality when using handheld computer
      Strongly Disagree Disagree Uncertain Agree Strongly Agree
  m. Screen is too small
  n. Difficult to read in poorly lit areas

 
   

3.3.  

Do you have any other comments about handheld computers?
 
   
 



4.
 

May we contact you again after our survey is completed?
   
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4.1.  

 
   
    Yes, you may contact me again.
   
    No, I do not want to be contacted again.







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