Will Patients Use a Computer to Give a Medical History?

Dugaw Jr., John E.; Civello, Kenneth; Chuinard, Christopher; Jones, Glenn N.
October 2000
Journal of Family Practice;Oct2000, Vol. 49 Issue 10, p921
Academic Journal
The article evaluates whether a patient presenting himself to a hospital will use a computer to provide medical information. The Charity Hospital system in Louisiana provides care for a population of medically indigent patients. The legislature has authorized Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans to form a health maintenance organization to care for Medicaid patients and those who constitute the medically indigent population. The walk-in clinic associated with the emergency room at Charity Hospital in New Orleans was used as the site of the study. It is open 15 hours daily during the week and 10 hours daily on weekends, and approximately 5500 patients visit this clinic each month. Patients were sampled during January, February. arid March 1998 by calling the patient's name whose record was at the bottom of the stack of charts of patients to be seen. These patients were invited to participate, and demographic data view taken and a reason for refusal was noted when possible for those who refused.


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