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Author Bibault, Jean-Emmanuel ♦ Leroy, Thomas ♦ Blanchard, Pierre ♦ Biau, Julian ♦ Cervellera, Mathilde ♦ Diaz, Olivia ♦ Faivre, Jean Christophe
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE ♦ FRANCE ♦ HAZARDS ♦ HOSPITALS ♦ LEARNING ♦ MEDICAL PERSONNEL ♦ MEDICINE ♦ PATIENTS
Abstract Purpose: Social media and mobile technology are transforming the way in which young physicians are learning and practicing medicine. The true impact of such technologies has yet to be evaluated. Methods and Materials: We performed a nationwide cross-sectional survey to better assess how young radiation oncologists used these technologies. An online survey was sent out between April 24, 2013, and June 1, 2013. All residents attending the 2013 radiation oncology French summer course were invited to complete the survey. Logistic regressions were performed to assess predictors of use of these tools in the hospital on various clinical endpoints. Results: In all, 131 of 140 (93.6%) French young radiation oncologists answered the survey. Of these individuals, 93% owned a smartphone and 32.8% owned a tablet. The majority (78.6%) of the residents owning a smartphone used it to work in their department. A total of 33.5% had more than 5 medical applications installed. Only 60.3% of the residents verified the validity of the apps that they used. In all, 82.9% of the residents had a social network account. Conclusions: Most of the residents in radiation oncology use their smartphone to work in their department for a wide variety of tasks. However, the residents do not consistently check the validity of the apps that they use. Residents also use social networks, with only a limited impact on their relationship with their patients. Overall, this study highlights the irruption and the risks of new technologies in the clinical practice and raises the question of a possible regulation of their use in the hospital.
ISSN 03603016
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-09-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics
Volume Number 90
Issue Number 1


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