Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on eHealth Among Doctors Working at Selected Private Hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Rehana Parvin State University of Bangladesh
  • Md Shahjahan State University of Bangladesh
Keywords: eHealth, knowledge attitude and practice, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Twenty-first century healthcare systems face many challenges, eHealth amongst them (i.e., use of Information and Communications Technology for health). The nature and functions of eHealth services are expanding rapidly in Bangladesh, especially in the hospital care setting. Effective functioning of eHealth in a hospital is greatly facilitated when doctors have good knowledge and positive acceptance of eHealth. This study explores the current knowledge, attitude, and practice of eHealth of doctors at a ‘micro level’. Using a cross-sectional descriptive survey, 112 doctors were selected from four hospitals by simple random sampling. The self-administered and semi-structured survey used by both open and closed ended questions to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of eHealth. Of the 112 doctors 50% had average knowledge of eHealth. About 26% had good knowledge and 24% had poor knowledge of eHealth. Among the respondents 78% had a favourable attitude, and 22% had a moderately favourable attitude. The most common uses of eHealth identified were patient follow-up (42%) and diagnostics (28%). The mobile phone was the modality most frequently used by respondents (63%), with use of computers rated as a frequent modality. Associations between the knowledge level and age, gender, rank and service length of the respondents were found in the study. The majority of respondents had average knowledge of eHealth and supported associated eHealth systems. The results of this study are expected to help in future successful implementation of eHealth systems in Bangladesh.

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Published
2016-09-22
How to Cite
Parvin, R., & Shahjahan, M. (2016). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on eHealth Among Doctors Working at Selected Private Hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 4, e15 (1-11). Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/80
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Original Research