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August 18, 1999

Physicians Accessing the Internet: The PAI Project

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(7):633-634. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-7-jbk0818

To the Editor: In a 1997 study,1 only 20% of physicians reported using the Internet. Reasons may include lack of time or computer skills.2 We conducted a longitudinal survey assessing physicians' attitudes toward learning to use the Internet and possible changes in their Internet usage patterns after completing the Physicians Accessing the Internet Project (PAI), a 4-hour hands-on Internet training course.3,4 The survey addressed the following questions: (1) Do physicians increase their use of the Internet after completion of an Internet workshop? (2) Do physicians change their Internet usage patterns after attending an Internet workshop? and (3) Do physicians' attitudes toward learning how to use the Internet and their perceived future uses of the Internet change after attending an Internet course?

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