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October 21, 1998

Use of Internet Technology by Obstetricians and Family Physicians

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(15):1306-1307. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-15-jbk1021

To the Editor.—We conducted a study to determine whether practice differences of family physicians (FPs) vs obstetricians (OBs) would lead to a difference in their Internet use.

All OBs (172) and FPs (438) practicing obstetrics in Iowa received a questionnaire exploring attitudes and practice patterns. Age, specialty, and type of degree (MD vs DO) were obtained from a University of Iowa College of Medicine registry. The data were analyzed using the χ2 statistic, odds ratios, and multiple logistic regression. We fit multiple logistic regression models with physician age (10-year increments), sex, degree, practice location (rural vs urban), and specialty (OB vs FP) as independent variables. Separate models were used for each outcome variable. All variables were forced into the model and retained regardless of their statistical significance.