By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Information Technology. According to news reporting originating from Tabriz, Iran, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The objective of this study is to find out physicians' attitudes towards prescribing information to patients and the barriers they may face regarding IPs to patients. Design/methodology/approach - A cross-sectional survey of 176 physicians working as clinical faculty members of the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences about the information prescription service (IPs) was undertaken using a structured and validated questionnaire."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, "Descriptive statistics and a Fisher's exact test or chi square test were used to analyze data. A P value less than 0.05 was considered significant. All data were analyzed using SPSS.17.0. The study found that physicians are positive about providing IPs. Most of the specialists, i.e. 95.4 per cent (n = 167) completely agreed with prescribing information to patients. The physicians rated barriers that they may face in offering IPs. Majority of the specialists 97 per cent (n = 174) acknowledged that patients have the right to receive IPs while being seen by healthcare providers. The study did not find significant association between specialty of physicians with their opinion about importance and necessity of IPs. However, there is a statistically significant relationship between the physicians' specialty and their opinions about the following ideas: 'information may create side effects' (p = 0.01), 'the stage of diseases that patient experiences is important and to be considered in personalization of IPs' (p = 0.01). Originality/value - This study is unique because there are no similar studies in the published literature."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Physicians are one of the main stakeholders in IPs, therefore it is important to find out their opinions and attitudes towards prescription of information."
For more information on this research see: Physician directed information prescription service (IPs): barriers and drivers. Aslib Proceedings, 2013;65(3):224-241. Aslib Proceedings can be contacted at: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1WA, W Yorkshire, England. (Emerald Group Publishing - www.emeraldinsight.com; Aslib Proceedings - www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0001-253X)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V.Z. Gavgani, Tabriz Univ Med Sci, Tabriz, Iran. Additional authors for this research include A.R. Shiramin.
Keywords for this news article include: Iran, Asia, Tabriz, Information Technology
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