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Petting zoos: leading Australian GPs to computers


[Extract] Clinical use of computers in general practice has not been widespread due to lack of: skilled support, training programs focused on general practitioners (GPs), familiarity with computer systems. The concept of a Computer Petting Zoo is to provide a hands-on computer laboratory where GPs can become familiar with available clinical software in a neutral, non-threatening environment; much like children at a petting zoo. The purpose of the zoo is to increase awareness of and comfort with information technology and thereby assist GPs to make informed choices about computer applications and adopt computer based information management practices.

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