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Why and When Physicians Google: Resident Physicians' Information-Seeking Strategies During Patient Consultations
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. NU Hospital Group, Trollhattan (SWE). (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0493-8974
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9094-4125
NU Hospital Group (SWE); University of Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3494-3539
2023 (English)In: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ISSN 0926-9630, E-ISSN 1879-8365, Vol. 305, p. 580-583Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Physicians depend on access to accurate, up-to-date information and knowledge to make decisions and carry out their work. Today, access to online medical information has become easier than ever before. There is a stream of research interested in understanding how online health information intervenes and influences the patient-physician relationship. While many studies have focused on patients' online health information seeking, fewer studies have addressed how physicians seek and use online medical information. In this qualitative study, focus groups using clinical scenarios were conducted to examine why and when resident physicians turn to search engines like Google for medical information seeking at the point of care. The paper provides insights in physicians' perceptions and experiences of using digital tools for information seeking during patient consultations. Specifically, we identify and discuss information-seeking strategies of physicians during the patient consultation, contributing crucial knowledge for improving the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes.

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2023. Vol. 305, p. 580-583
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Digitalization, healthcare, information seeking, residency education
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Learning Information Systems, Social aspects
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Work Integrated Learning; Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20302DOI: 10.3233/SHTI230563PubMedID: 37387097Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85164233310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20302DiVA, id: diva2:1779332
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