The Perspectives of Physiotherapists in Canterbury on the use of Electronic Health Records
Abstract: Question: What are the perspectives of New Zealand Registered Physiotherapists (NZRPs), who are Canterbury-based, on the implementation and use of electronic health records (EHRs)? Design: A cross-sectional survey was designed for participants to complete over a three month period. The data collected consisted of the participants' sociodemographic profiles, perspectives, and influential factors that may affect their perspectives on EHRs. Descriptive statistics, chi-square statistics, and content analysis were performed for the qualitative and quantitative data. Participants: A non-randomised convenience sample of Canterbury-based NZRPs (n = 132) were recruited through email from the Canterbury Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand, the Canterbury District Health Board, and the private physiotherapy clinics of Canterbury registered in the Yellow Pages online directory. Outcome measures: Perspectives on the advantages and disadvantages of EHRs. Results: The majority of participants support the idea of a universal EHR system in New Zealand. Most participants were not aware of the Government's strategic plan for a universal EHR system. A higher proportion of participants working in the private health sector agreed with the advantages and disadvantages of EHRs than did their public health sector counterparts. The participants' education backgrounds and age were not significant determinants on their perspectives on EHRs. Participants have positive attitudes towards EHRs, but have several concerns on its use including resource concerns, side effects, potential misuse, and its complex nature. Conclusion Communication and involvement of NZRPs with other stakeholders in the design, implementation, and use of a EHR system are vital to its success and acceptance by NZRPs.