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Smartphone and medical related App use among medical students and junior doctors in the United Kingdom (UK): a regional survey

Payne, Karl Frederick Braekkan; Wharrad, Heather; Watts, Kim

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Karl Frederick Braekkan Payne

Heather Wharrad

Kim Watts



Abstract

Background: Smartphone usage has spread to many settings including that of healthcare with numerous potential
and realised benefits. The ability to download custom-built software applications (apps) has created a new wealth
of clinical resources available to healthcare staff, providing evidence-based decisional tools to reduce medical errors.
Previous literature has examined how smartphones can be utilised by both medical student and doctor
populations, to enhance educational and workplace activities, with the potential to improve overall patient care.
However, this literature has not examined smartphone acceptance and patterns of medical app usage within the
student and junior doctor populations.
Methods: An online survey of medical student and foundation level junior doctor cohorts was undertaken within
one United Kingdom healthcare region. Participants were asked whether they owned a Smartphone and if they
used apps on their Smartphones to support their education and practice activities. Frequency of use and type of
app used was also investigated. Open response questions explored participants’ views on apps that were desired or
recommended and the characteristics of apps that were useful.
Results: 257 medical students and 131 junior doctors responded, equating to a response rate of 15.0% and 21.8%
respectively. 79.0% (n=203/257) of medical students and 74.8% (n=98/131) of junior doctors owned a smartphone,
with 56.6% (n=115/203) of students and 68.4% (n=67/98) of doctors owning an iPhone.
The majority of students and doctors owned 1–5 medical related applications, with very few owning more than 10,
and iPhone owners significantly more likely to own apps (Chi sq, p

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 30, 2012
Journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Electronic ISSN 1472-6947
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 121
APA6 Citation Payne, K. F. B., Wharrad, H., & Watts, K. (2012). Smartphone and medical related App use among medical students and junior doctors in the United Kingdom (UK): a regional survey. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 12(121), doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-121
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-12-121
Publisher URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6947/12/121
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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