A comparative study of the attitudes of users and non-users towards computerized care planning

J Clin Nurs. 1999 Jul;8(4):431-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00273.x.


The aim of this study was to compare the attitudes of nurses who had little or no experience of computerized care planning (non-users) with those who had at least two years' experience (users). The study also assessed levels of computer literacy among both cohorts and the training methods that were considered most appropriate to meet their needs. The approach was quantitative, using a questionnaire to collect data from 15 non-users and 14 users. The overall results suggest that both non-users and users had favourable attitudes towards the use of computerized care plans. However, non-users with previous computer experience had more favourable attitudes towards the introduction of computerized care planning than those with no previous experience. The preferred teaching method identified by both groups was training by technical staff in the clinical area.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Computer Literacy*
  • Computer User Training / methods*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires