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Examining the application of Web 2.0 in medical-related organisations.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES
This study surveyed Web 2.0 application in three types of selected health or medical-related organisations such as university medical libraries, hospitals and non-profit medical-related organisations.
METHODS
Thirty organisations participated in an online survey on the perceived purposes, benefits and difficulties in using Web 2.0. A phone interview was further conducted with eight organisations (26.7%) to collect information on the use of Web 2.0. Data were analysed using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
RESULTS
Results showed that knowledge and information sharing and the provision of a better communication platform were rated as the main purposes of using Web 2.0. Time constraints and low staff engagement were the most highly rated difficulties. In addition, most participants found Web 2.0 to be beneficial to their organisations.
CONCLUSIONS
Medical-related organisations that adopted Web 2.0 technologies have found them useful, with benefits outweighing the difficulties in the long run. The implications of this study are discussed to help medical-related organisations make decisions regarding the use of Web 2.0 technologies.

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  • Authors

    Chu SK, Woo M, King RB, Choi S, Cheng M, Koo P

    Source

    Health information and libraries journal 29:1 2012 Mar pg 47-60

    MeSH

    Cooperative Behavior
    Diffusion of Innovation
    Hong Kong
    Humans
    Information Dissemination
    Information Services
    Interdisciplinary Communication
    Internet
    Libraries, Medical
    Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22335289