User Perceptions and Use of Decision Support Medical Apps Among Medical Students: Cross-Sectional Study

Raniah Aldekhyyel, Jwaher Almulhem, Samar Binkheder, Manahel Almulhem, Eman Mohamed, Shahad Aldekhyyel, Reem Alqahtani, Sripriya Rajamani

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Abstract

We aimed to assess medical students' use of decision-support medical apps and evaluate their perception of app use. A cross-sectional multi-center observational study was conducted among medical students with and without a medical informatics course as part of their undergraduate medical curriculum. We assessed trust, perceptions, patient impression, reliability, and comfort using an online survey. A total of 439 responses were received. There were significant differences between the two groups when indicating which apps, they trust. Students agreed that using apps enhanced knowledge (91%), saved time (88%), improved patient care (85%), and increased diagnostic accuracy (82%). Students indicated that patients would think that students didn't know what they were doing (63%) or students were fresh out of training (53%) when using apps in the presence of patients. Incorporating medical app usage as part of learning may increase trust and comfort with using medical apps in medical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2023 - The Future is Accessible
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsJen Bichel-Findlay, Paula Otero, Philip Scott, Elaine Huesing
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages1216-1220
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643684567
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2024
Event19th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MedInfo 2023 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Jul 8 2023Jul 12 2023

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume310
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference19th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MedInfo 2023
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney
Period7/8/237/12/23

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2024 International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and IOS Press.

Keywords

  • Decision Support
  • Medical apps
  • Medical Students
  • Workforce Development

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Multicenter Study
  • Observational Study

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