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  • Proenca, Mario R.P.
    Press Release Which doctors use the internet? In a unique survey published on 27th September, the Royal Society of Medicine looks at the way its national and
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2000
      Press Release

      Which doctors use the internet?

      In a unique survey published on 27th September, the Royal Society of Medicine looks at the way its national and international membership uses the internet.
      Among the findings:


      GPs beat gynaecologists to internet access
      82% of GPs have access to the Net, compared with only 63% of gynaecologists, while top of the league are pathologists: 97% are online either at home or at work.


      83% of UK doctors are online, compared with 31%* of the general population
      Although the figure is high, UK members still lag behind their US colleagues, where access to the internet is reported by 93% of RSM doctors.
      *
      (Netvalue figures)


      WAP phones are not used by young doctors
      A large majority (68%) of doctors with WAP phones were over fifty. None of the under-thirties owned a WAP phone.


      Confidence online decreases with age - but older doctors know their limitations best
      Perhaps not surprisingly, the older the doctor, the less likely they are to describe themselves as "confident" online. However, when their confidence is compared with their actual abilities in searching for online information, the over-sixties have the most accurate perceptions of their own abilities (90% of over-sixties saying they are confident actually have good web skills, compared with only 85% of those in their forties).


      76% want to learn on the internet
      More than three quarters of respondents said they they would try education online - either as one element of a traditional conference or entirely on the web. More than half claimed they would be interested even if they were not able to get online accreditation.


      Doctors are confident buying online
      The survey asked whether members felt concerned about credit card security on the internet. 72% of those who responded to the question said that they would use their card on a secure site, although many admitted they would still have some security worries. Only 19% (most of them over sixty) would not use their card online.

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      Notes for Editors:
      The survey was conducted by the RSM's External Relations department in collaboration with Health-Media.Net's Medical Director, Dr Amanda Kirby. Dr Kirby is also a Fellow of the RSM. The above points are just a sample of the data from the survey. If you have specific questions or would like to find out more, please contact the Press Office.

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