Knowledge and attitudes regarding the personally controlled electronic health record: an Australian national survey

Intern Med J. 2014 Apr;44(4):406-9. doi: 10.1111/imj.12384.


The personally controlled electronic health record (PCHER) was designed to bring important information together to facilitate effective communication between clinicians and so improve patient care. This national cross-sectional survey of 405 healthcare providers and consumers found that they had relatively low awareness and knowledge about the PCEHR; that 62% of respondents believed that healthcare providers with access to the PCEHR would be able to provide better quality of care but only 50% of respondents would sign up to have a PCEHR.

Keywords: Australia; electronic health record; knowledge and attitude; survey.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Australia
  • Confidentiality*
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel / standards*
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*