Vol. 9 No. 22, October 24, 2012
Fact and Stats
More pediatric hospital physicians are communicating through cell phone text messaging, rather than the traditional pager method, according to research presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.
Since the early 1980s, physicians traditionally have relied on pagers to contact other physicians, residents, nurses and hospital staff. However, with the surge in cell phone use – and the fact that many cell phones now accept pages – many physicians and staff are sending text messages with questions and requests for assistance.
In the study, “Text Messaging as a Means of Communication among Pediatric Hospitalists,” researchers administered an electronic survey to 106 pediatric hospital physicians. The majority of the physicians surveyed were female (68%) and had been in practice less than 10 years (62%). Ninety percent of responders regularly used a smartphone and 96% used text messaging.
The most frequent method of communication in the hospital setting was verbal face-to-face communication (92%) and telephone conversation (92%). However, more than half of the physicians interviewed (57%) reported either sending or receiving work-related text messages, of whom 12% reported sending more than 10 messages per shift. Nearly half (49%) also reported receiving work-related text messages when not scheduled to be on call. Most often these text messages were to or from other pediatric hospitalists (59%), fellows or resident physicians (34%), or subspecialists and consulting physicians (25%).
Source: More Pediatric Hospitalists Using Text Messaging to Communicate
Date: October 21, 2012
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