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Do organisational characteristics explain the differences between drivers of ICT adoption in rural and urban general practices in Australia

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Abstract


  • A number of studies have compared general medical practices in rural locations with

    those in urban locations. Some of these studies have concentrated on the reasons why

    a GP might choose to work in a rural or urban setting. Others have examined the type

    of work required to be undertaken by medical professionals. Increasing use of

    information and communications technology (ICT) in medical practices has led to

    some studies examining their use in rural as well as urban settings. However, little if

    any research has examined whether ICT adoption drivers differ between rural and

    urban GPs based on their organisational characteristics. This paper presents a study of

    198 GPs (122 rural, 76 urban) in Australia. The results show that organisational

    characteristics are associated with the importance of the drivers for ICT adoption and

    that these characteristics differ between rural and urban GPs. These findings have

    important practical and theoretical contributions because it shows that ICT adoption

    decisions must be contextualised and that it is unlikely that universal adoption drivers

    will apply to all general practices.

UOW Authors


  •   Macgregor, Robert C. (external author)
  •   Hyland, Peter N. (external author)
  •   Harvie, Charles

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Macgregor, R. C., Hyland, P. N. & Harvie, C. (2009). Do organisational characteristics explain the differences between drivers of ICT adoption in rural and urban general practices in Australia. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16 (1), 77-97.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1697&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/659

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 77

End Page


  • 97

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • A number of studies have compared general medical practices in rural locations with

    those in urban locations. Some of these studies have concentrated on the reasons why

    a GP might choose to work in a rural or urban setting. Others have examined the type

    of work required to be undertaken by medical professionals. Increasing use of

    information and communications technology (ICT) in medical practices has led to

    some studies examining their use in rural as well as urban settings. However, little if

    any research has examined whether ICT adoption drivers differ between rural and

    urban GPs based on their organisational characteristics. This paper presents a study of

    198 GPs (122 rural, 76 urban) in Australia. The results show that organisational

    characteristics are associated with the importance of the drivers for ICT adoption and

    that these characteristics differ between rural and urban GPs. These findings have

    important practical and theoretical contributions because it shows that ICT adoption

    decisions must be contextualised and that it is unlikely that universal adoption drivers

    will apply to all general practices.

UOW Authors


  •   Macgregor, Robert C. (external author)
  •   Hyland, Peter N. (external author)
  •   Harvie, Charles

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Macgregor, R. C., Hyland, P. N. & Harvie, C. (2009). Do organisational characteristics explain the differences between drivers of ICT adoption in rural and urban general practices in Australia. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16 (1), 77-97.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1697&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/659

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 77

End Page


  • 97

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 1