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Does technology help doctors to access, use and share knowledge?

Bullock, Alison Deborah ORCID: 2014. Does technology help doctors to access, use and share knowledge? Medical Education 48 (1) , pp. 28-33. 10.1111/medu.12378

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Context Given the power and pervasiveness of technology, this paper considers whether it can help doctors to access, use and share knowledge and thus contribute to their ability to uphold the part of the Hippocratic Oath concerned with respecting ‘the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk’ and sharing ‘such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow’. How technology supports connections between doctors and knowledge is considered by focusing on the use of mobile technology in the workplace and Web 2.0 tools. Methods Sfard's ‘acquisition’ and ‘participation’ models are employed to help develop an understanding of what these uses of technology mean for learning and knowledge sharing. Discussion The employment of technology is not neutral in its effects. Issues relate to knowledge ownership, information overload, quality control and interpretations attached to the use of mobile devices in the workplace. These issues raise deeper questions about the nature of knowledge and social theory and socio-material research questions about the effect of technology on workplace learning. Conclusion Although the empirical and theoretical evidence presented shows how technology has clear potential to contribute both to accessing evidence and sharing knowledge, there is need for further research that applies theoretical frameworks to the analysis of the impact of technology on workplace learning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0308-0110
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2013
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:57

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