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Electronic health records: Overcoming obstacles to improve acceptance and utilization for mental health clinicians
by Odom, Stephen A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2017, 117; 10257030
Abstract (Summary)

The dynamics and progress of the integration of the electronic health record (EHR) into health-care disciplines have been described and examined using theories related to technology adoption. Previous studies have examined health-care clinician resistance to the EHR in primary care, hospital, and urgent care medical settings, but few studies have been completed that pertain specifically to behavioral health-care clinicians. The study purpose was to examine the relationships that may exist between behavioral health-care clinician perceptions of usefulness and ease of use and demographic variables on adoption of the EHR. Regression analyses were performed to test the relationship between behavioral health-care clinician personal characteristics, their perceived ease of use and usefulness of EHR, and their attitudes toward adoption of the EHR. The study utilized licensed marriage and family therapists as participants. The Physician’s Survey Questionnaire Form was adapted to the needs of this study and utilized as the survey instrument. The study was embedded within the frame of Roger’s diffusion of innovations theory and the technology acceptance model. The findings of the study suggest that older clinicians are less likely to perceive the EHR as useful in their professional practice. The results also demonstrate that behavioral health clinician perceived ease of use and usefulness of EHR is positively associated with attitude toward adoption of the EHR. The findings indicate that to improve the adoption of the EHR for behavioral health clinicians, the EHR needs to be viewed as useful. Interpretation of the results and suggestions for future research are offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grohman, Kerry
Commitee: Gangluff, Deborah, Hackstaff, Lynn
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Information Technology, Health care management
Keywords: EHR, Perceived ease of use, Perceived usefulness, Resistance to technology
Publication Number: 10257030
ISBN: 978-1-369-61793-1
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