Electronic medical records and public perceptions: A deliberative process

Tarik Abdel-Monem, Mitchel N. Herian, Nancy Shank

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Public attitudes about electronic medical records (EMRs) have been primarily gauged by one-time opinion polls. The authors investigated the impact of an interactive deliberative polling process on general attitudes towards EMRs and perceptions of governmental roles in the area. An initial online survey was conducted about EMRs among a sample of respondents (n = 138), and then surveyed a sub-sample after they had engaged in a deliberative discussion about EMR issues with peers and policymakers (n = 24). Significant changes in opinions about EMRs and governmental roles were found following the deliberative discussion. Overall support for EMRs increased significantly, although concerns about security and confidentiality remained. This indicates that one way to address concerns about EMRs is to provide opportunities for deliberation with policymakers. The policy and theoretical implications of these findings are briefly discussed within.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-57
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Deliberation
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
  • Health Information Technology
  • Public Input

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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