Journal article

A visual study of computers on doctors' desks.

Christopher Pearce, Hannah Walker, Carolyn O'Shea

Inform Prim Care | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: General practice has rapidly computerised over the past ten years, thereby changing the nature of general practice rooms. Most general practice consulting rooms were designed and created in an era without computer hardware, establishing a pattern of work around maximising the doctor-patient relationship. General practitioners (GPs) and patients have had to integrate the computer into this environment. METHODS: Twenty GPs allowed access to their rooms and consultations as part of a larger study. The results are based on an analysis of still shots of the consulting rooms. Analysis used dramaturgical methodology; thus the room is described as though it is the setting for a play. RES..

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