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The integration of information and communication technology into community pharmacists practice in Barcelona

Lupianez-Villanueva, F., Hardey, M. and Lluch, Maria (2014) The integration of information and communication technology into community pharmacists practice in Barcelona. Health Promotion International, 29 (1). pp. 47-59. ISSN 0957-4824

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Identification Number: 10.1093/heapro/das049

Abstract

The study aims to identify community pharmacists' (CPs) utilization of information and communication technology (ICT); to develop and characterize a typology of CPs' utilization of ICT and to identify factors that can enhance or inhibit the use of these technologies. An online survey of the 7649 members of the Pharmacist Association of Barcelona who had a registered email account in 2006 was carried out. Factor analysis, cluster analysis and binomial logit modelling were undertaken. Multivariate analysis of the CPs' responses to the survey (648) revealed two profiles of adoption of ICT. The first profile (40.75%) represents those CPs who place high emphasis on ICT within their practice. This group is therefore referred to as 'integrated CPs'. The second profile (59.25%) represents those CPs who make less use of ICT and so are consequently labelled 'non-integrated CPs'. Statistical modelling was used to identify variables that were important in predisposing CPs to integrate ICT with their work. From the analysis it is evident that responses to questions relating to 'recommend patients going on line for health information'; 'patients discuss or share their Internet health information findings'; 'emphasis on the Internet for communication and dissemination' and 'Pharmacists Professional Association information' play a positive and significant role in the probability of being an 'integrated CP'. The integration of ICT within CPs' practices cannot be adequately understood and appreciated without examining how CPs are making use of ICT within their own practice, their organizational context and the nature of the pharmacists-client relationship.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 12:39
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:21
Funders: Catalonia Department of Health
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56037

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