Danish Citizens and General Practitioners' Use of ICT for their Mutual Communication

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015:216:376-9.


This paper reports on selected findings from a Danish national survey of citizens' perception and use of information and communication technology (ICT) for their health care [1]. Focus is on citizens' use of ICT and on communication with their General Practitioner (GP). It also focuses on citizens' experience of their GPs' ICT use and no use during medical consultations. The responsibility for medical service in Denmark is to a large extent handed over to the primary sector where the GP is the gatekeeper. Our data display that 65% of the adult citizens or their relatives have been using ICT to communicate with their GP. Twenty-two percent have experienced their GP use a computer screen to actively show them something while they have a consultation. Further, our data supports the assumption that the higher the education people have, the more likely they are to use ICT for their health care. The understanding of the use of ICT in communication with the GP is central to monitoring and developing an ICT that supports all citizens and considers new ways in which to enhance quality of care.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Denmark
  • Female
  • General Practitioners / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Communication / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Informatics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patients / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Remote Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Utilization Review
  • Young Adult