"I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals' attitude towards engaging in e-healthcare?

Mary K. Lam, Melanie Nguyen, Robyn Lowe, Srivalli V. Nagarajan, Michelle Lincoln

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Abstract

Background: There are many factors affecting health professionals' willingness to engage in e-health. One of these factors is whether health professionals perceive themselves to be able to learn new skills, and have the confidence in mastering these new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills. Objective: This study examined how health students' confidence and perceived ability for learning new ICT skills affect their attitude towards engaging in e-health. Methods: A survey was conducted to explore students' attitude towards using e-health and their perceived self-efficacy and confidence to learn new ICT skills. Multiple regression analysis was used to examine the relationship between confidence and self-efficacy, and attitude towards engaging in e-health controlling for participants' age, gender, and prior IT learning experience. Results: The three scales measuring attitude, confidence and self-efficacy showed good internal consistency with respective Cronbach's Alpha scores of 0.835, 0.761 and 0.762. Multiple regression analysis showed a significant relationship between confidence, self-efficacy and prior IT learning experiences with attitude towards e-health after adjusting for the effect of each other (F3,350=17.20,p<0.001). Conclusion: Self-efficacy and confidence in learning new ICT skills together with previous ICT training either at or outside their university studies are significant factors associated with students' attitude towards using e-health. Enhancing students' level of self-efficacy in learning new ICT skills may be the key to the success of implementation of e-health initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvesting in E-Health
Subtitle of host publicationPeople, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future - Selected Papers from the 22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014
EditorsHeather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Louise K. Schaper
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Pages60-66
Number of pages7
Volume204
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994268
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 201414 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume204
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period11/08/1414/08/14

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    Lam, M. K., Nguyen, M., Lowe, R., Nagarajan, S. V., & Lincoln, M. (2014). "I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals' attitude towards engaging in e-healthcare? In H. Grain, F. Martin-Sanchez, & L. K. Schaper (Eds.), Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future - Selected Papers from the 22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014 (Vol. 204, pp. 60-66). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 204). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-427-5-60