Perception and usage of point of care devices: A cross-sectional study targeting residents and trainers in Oman

Amna Al Harrasi, Laila Mohammed Al Mbeihsi, Abdulhakeem Al Rawahi*, Mohammed Al Shafaee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: The use of mobile technologies and handheld computers by physicians has increased worldwide. However, there are limited studies globally regarding training physicians on the use of such devices in clinical practice. In addition, no studies have been conducted previously in Oman addressing this issue among postgraduate medical trainees and trainers. The present study explores the practice and perception of resident doctors and trainers towards the use of mobile technologies and handheld devices in healthcare settings in Oman. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted using a validated questionnaire disseminated via email to all residents and trainers in five major training programs of the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB). The questionnaire explored three main areas; perception, usage, and perceived barriers of handheld devices. Results: Overall, 61.4% of the residents and 28.3% of the trainers responded to the questionnaire. Both types of participants agreed that the use of such devices positively affects clinical decision-making. In total, 98.8% of the participating residents and 86.7% of the trainers frequently used handheld devices. Both OMSB residents and trainers agreed that lack of time, training, and applications were the most common factors limiting the use of these devices. Participants emphasized the need for constructive training regarding the use of handheld devices as healthcare resources. Conclusions: Point-of-care devices are positively perceived and frequently used by OMSB trainees and trainers. However, constructive training on the effective usage of these devices in clinical decision-making is needed. Further future studies to evaluate the impact of using such devices in patient care should be conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere213
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Computers
  • Cross- Sectional Studies
  • Handheld
  • Internship and Residency
  • Oman
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Training Support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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