Deena M Barakah
Main results from the research showed:
- PDA and Smart phone prevalence (use) rate is 69.1% among Physicians and Dentists at King Saud Medical Complex Hospitals (KSMCH) of Ministry of
- Health, Saudi Arabia.
- Correlation is significant at the 0.05 level (2-tailed) between the age group and the prevalence rate. A test of Pearson Correlation shows a negative value indicating that the prevalence rate decreases with age increment of the participant.
- The study of PDA prevalence rates in terms of gender shows that male participants group has a higher prevalence ownership rate of 90.0% compared to 57.1% only for female participants group.
- The most common applications are to use PDA for obtaining drug information with 97.4% of participants) followed by using PDA for medical research (63.2%). The less used applications are using PDA for patient tracking (10.5%) and for accessing patient record (21.1%)
- The most common barriers and obstacles to wide usage of PDA are "lack of support" (83.3% of male participants, 70.0% for female participants) and “weak integration with working environment” (72.2%male participants, 80.0% female participants.
- A very high percentage of participants (88.9% of male and 90.0% of female participants) strongly agreed that PDA Improve their performance. Also a higher percentage of (94.4% of male and 90.0% of female participants) strongly agree that PDA Improve their work productivity.
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