Study of the uses of Information and Communication Technologies by Pain Treatment Unit Physicians

  • Jorge Muriel Fernandez
  • María José Sánchez Ledesma
  • Manuel López Millan
  • María Begoña García Cenador
Systems-Level Quality Improvement
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  1. Latest Technology Trends in Health Sciences (TEEM 2016)


Adequate use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in health has been shown to save the patient and caregiver time, improve access to the health system, improve diagnosis and control of disease or treatment. All this results in cost savings, and more importantly, they help improve the quality of service and the lives of patients. The purpose of this study is to analyse the differences in the uses of this ICTs between those physicians that belong to Pain Treatment Units (PU) and other physicians that work in pain not linked to these PUs. An online survey, generated by Netquest online survey tool, was sent to both groups of professionals and the data collected was statistical analysed through a logistic regression methodology which is the Logit binomial model. Our results show that those physicians that belong to PUs use ICTs more frequently and consider it more relevant to their clinical practice.


Information and communication technologies Pain Continuous medical education Pain treatment unit 



The study was funded by an aid for research by the Cátedra Extraordinaria del Dolor “Fundación Grünenthal” of the University of Salamanca.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Jorge Muriel Fernandez: declares no conflict of interest.

María José Sánchez Ledesma: declares no conflict of interest.

J Manuel López Millan: declares no conflict of interest.

María Begoña García Cenador: declares no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Muriel Fernandez
    • 1
  • María José Sánchez Ledesma
    • 2
  • Manuel López Millan
    • 3
  • María Begoña García Cenador
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.VisualMed Systems GroupUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  3. 3.Anaesthesiology ServiceUniversity Hospital Virgen MacarenaSevillaSpain

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