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Is the internet useful for clinical practice?

Schleyer, TKL and Forrest, JL and Kenney, R and Dodell, DS and Dovgy, NA (1999) Is the internet useful for clinical practice? Journal of the American Dental Association, 130 (10). 1501 - 1511. ISSN 0002-8177

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Background. Internet use in dentistry is increasing. The authors surveyed dentists to determine how they are using the Internet to support patient care and how useful they perceive the Internet to be. Materials and Methods. The authors sent a 25-question survey to 455 subscribers to the Internet Dental Forum, an Internet discussion list. Participants completed the survey through a Web page or by e-mail during an 18-day period in December 1998. The survey included questions about when they began using the Internet and their motivations for doing so, their positive and negative experiences, where they use the Internet and why, their use of information resources - including electronic information resources - and demographics. Results. The authors received 314 surveys from 438 participants, a 72 percent response rate. Participants reported demographic characteristics similar to national averages and were highly computer-literate. Most considered the Internet essential for their practice and had increased their Internet use for professional reasons over time. Ninety-seven percent of respondents used the Internet at home, and 68 percent used it in the office. Only 5 percent used the Internet in the treatment area. The primary reason cited by participants for using the Internet was to keep up in general, followed by to answer patient-specific questions and to provide patient education. Reduction of professional isolation was one of the most frequently cited advantages of using the Internet. Conclusions. The authors found that some dentists use the Internet to support clinical practice and that it helped dentists adopt new techniques for patient treatment and obtain information on new materials or products. Clinical Implications. The Internet appears to support clinical practice mostly indirectly, by helping users keep up in general, rather than by answering specific clinical questions.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Forrest, JL
Kenney, R
Dodell, DS
Dovgy, NA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 1999
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 130
Number: 10
Page Range: 1501 - 1511
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.1999.0066
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Adult; Australia; Canada; Education, Dental, Continuing; Europe; Female; Focus Groups; General Practice, Dental; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; Internet--utilization; Male; Middle Aged; Practice Management, Dental; Questionnaires; United States
PubMed ID: 10570599
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 20:31
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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