Nurses' adoption of technology: application of Rogers' innovation-diffusion model

Appl Nurs Res. 2004 Nov;17(4):231-8.


This qualitative study applied Everett Rogers' innovation-diffusion model to analyze nurses' perceptions toward using a computerized care plan system. Twelve nurses from three respiratory intensive care units in Taiwan voluntarily participated in a one-on-one, in-depth interview. Data were analyzed by constant comparative analysis. The content that emerged was compared with the model's five innovation characteristics (relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability), as perceived by new users. Results indicate that Rogers' model can accurately describe nurses' behavior during the process of adopting workplace innovations. Related issues that emerged deserve further attention to help nurses make the best use of technology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer User Training
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Internal-External Control
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / standards*
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Motivation
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Records / standards
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Patient Care Planning / standards
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Taiwan
  • User-Computer Interface