The perspectives of physiotherapists in Canterbury on the use of electronic health records.
Thesis DisciplineHealth Sciences
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Health Sciences
The preferential use of electronic health records (EHRs) over other types of health record systems within healthcare settings in the 21st century is well documented (Buyl & Nyssen, 2009; Hailey, Yu, & Munyisia, 2014; Latha, Murthy, Sunitha, 2012; Menachemi & Collum, 2011; Walker & Clendon, 2016); however, there is a lack of research on the perspectives of EHR end-users, such as physiotherapists, towards EHRs, especially in New Zealand. The literature review provided insight on the importance of identifying the many perspectives that different end-user health professionals have towards the implementation and use of EHRs. Factors that will ultimately lead to the success of the New Zealand Government’s plan to introduce a national EHR system consistent with the Digital Health 2020 strategic plan are identifying what health professionals perceive as advantageous and disadvantageous in EHR use, designing an EHR with the perspectives of health professionals in mind, and involving the many health professions during EHR implementation processes. The objective of this study was to explore the perspectives of the Canterbury-based physiotherapists on the implementation and use of EHRs. The study also investigated other potential factors including age, awareness of the Digital Health 2020 strategic plan, computer usage, educational background, and the sector of healthcare that physiotherapists are working in that may influence their perspectives towards EHRs.