Family physicians are burdened with a great number of guidelines considering different conditions they treat. We analyzed opinions of family physicians on electronic tools which help managing chronic conditions and their influence on patient care by cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention guideline availability, usage and adherence. A descriptive study was performed on a convenient sample of 417 (response rate 56.0%) Croatian family physicians. Data on physician characteristics and availability, usage and adherence to CVD prevention guidelines were analyzed. The χ2-test was used for comparisons. Significance was defined as p<0.05. Family physicians who used additional electronic tools in Electronic Health Record software on more than 80% of their patients had CVD prevention guidelines more available (p<0.01) and used them more frequently (p<0.01). A group who used electronic tools on more than 80% of their patients had CVD prevention guidelines available to them frequently and used them on more than 60% of their patients, also strictly adhering to the guidelines (p<0.01). Physicians who used CVD prevention guidelines on more than 60% of their patients spent more time doing patient education (p=0.036). Using electronic tools helps Croatian family physicians in terms of availability, usage and adherence to the guidelines and quality improvement.
|Translated title of the contribution||FAMILY PHYSICIAN OPINIONS ON ELECTRONIC TOOLS AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION GUIDELINE AVAILABILITY, USAGE AND ADHERENCE IN CROATIA|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Acta Clinica Croatica|
|State||Published - 2022|
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- Electronic tools
- Family practice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)