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Table 2 Characteristics of physicians, MRS, and patients

From: Attitudes toward inter-hospital electronic patient record exchange: discrepancies among physicians, medical record staff, and patients

Variables Total Physician Medical record staff Patient
(n = 379) (n = 155) (n = 28) (n = 196)
n % N % n % n %
Personal Characteristics         
Gender a         
Male 214 56.46 116 74.84 4 14.29 94 47.96
Female 165 43.54 39 25.16 24 85.71 102 52.04
Age a         
25 55 14.51 -- -- 7 25.00 48 24.49
26-35 184 48.55 93 60.00 13 46.43 77 38.29
36-45 82 21.64 40 25.81 5 17.86 38 19.39
46-55 38 10.03 18 11.61 2 7.14 18 9.18
56-64 14 3.69 4 c 2.58 1 3.57 9 4.59
65 6 1.58 -- -- -- -- 6 3.06
Education a         
Junior high school or lower 9 2.37 -- -- -- -- 9 4.59
Senior high school 25 6.60 -- -- 9 32.14 16 8.16
College 282 74.41 125 80.65 19 67.86 138 70.41
Master degree 53 13.98 20 12.90 -- -- 33 16.84
Doctoral degree 10 2.64 10 6.45 -- -- -- --
Experience of computer use b         
Never or <1 year 13 3.43 3 1.94 1 3.57 9 4.59
1-3 years 18 4.75 7 4.52 1 3.57 10 5.10
4-6 years 56 14.78 16 10.32 7 25.00 33 16.84
7-10 years 90 23.75 33 21.29 8 28.57 49 25.00
10 years 202 53.30 96 61.94 11 39.29 95 48.47
Occupation         
Industry or commerce        26 13.27
Government or education        30 15.31
Healthcare        36 18.37
Service        38 19.39
Student        32 16.33
Other        34 17.35
Number of outpatient visit in the past three months         
0        48 24.49
1        53 27.04
2-5        83 42.35
6        12 6.12
Work Characteristics         
Job seniority         
<1 year    19 12.26 5 17.86   
1-5 years    61 39.35 7 25.00   
6-10 years    23 14.84 6 21.43   
11-15 years    24 15.48 6 21.43   
16 years    28 18.06 4 c 14.29   
Level of hospital         
Medical center    105 67.74     
Regional hospital    50 32.26     
Human Aspects         
Reason to use EMR         
Convenient to access medical information    91 58.71     
Useful for work    11 7.10     
Not prefer handwriting    13 8.39     
EMR is mandatory    30 19.35     
No use and no benefit    5 3.23     
Other    5 3.23     
Technology Aspects         
Major information source of this EPR         
Friend or colleague        36 18.37
Internet        12 6.12
Government institution        8 4.08
Relative        5 2.55
Hospital        29 14.80
Other        14 7.14
Never heard of        92 46.94
  1. a Significant difference among the three types of user (p <0.001, Chi-square test)
  2. b No significant difference among the three types of user (p = 0.207, Chi-square test)
  3. c Categories with few sample numbers (<5) will be merged into other categories in the next levels of analysis to avoid unreliable estimations and to obtain comparability across type of user