Information mastery and 21st century general practice

Patrick G M Bolton
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00466.x
Published online: 17 July 2006

A solution in search of a problem?

At first glance, the modish and engaging concept of “information mastery” is a reasonable one to apply to general practice, but on closer inspection, it may be a misdirected application of current information technology (IT). There are four reasons for this.

  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


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