Select Committee on Health Written Evidence


Annex

COMPARISON OF MEDIX AND IPSOS MORI SURVEYS

 (re doctors' views of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT))

  In the Executive Summary of its November 2006 survey, Medix said: The findings confirm earlier Medix findings that a majority of doctors believes that NPfIT has the potential to benefit clinical care. However, they also confirm that doctors are increasingly critical of the project—especially of its costs and of how it is being implemented. But knowledge of NPfIT is unchanged: few doctors have a lot of information about it and a large majority continues to say that they have had inadequate consultation about it.

  It is not easy to compare the Medix surveys with those conducted by Ipsos MORI for NHS Connecting for Health as few questions used are precisely the same. Also the methodologies are different and the Medix sample sizes are much larger. Nonetheless, the following indicates that the Ipsos MORI results fit an overall pattern established by Medix—reflected by the above extract from the Medix Executive Summary.
Medix Feb 2003 Medix June 2003Medix Feb 2004 Medix July 2004Medix Jan 2005 MORI July 2005Medix Jan 2006 MORI Feb 2006Medix Nov 2006 Comment
Likely effect on clinical care? term)Improvement 60%60%63% 53%54%65% 63%68%69% These are encouraging findings, especially as the trend is clearly upwards.
Is NPfIT a good use of NHS resources?Yes
No
47%
27%
43%
28%
31% 30%-
-
25%
46%
17%
57%
20%
50%
11%
68%
In contrast, this indicates a marked reversal of view since NPfIT's inception.
How much information have you had?Little/none** 94%94%77% 71%64%66% 56%68%50% It is remarkable that so many doctors still know little about such an important project. (And see Note 2)

Notes:

  1.  -  Question not asked in this survey.

  2.  **  An Ipsos MORI finding in February was that 11% of doctors said they had "no information at all" about NPfIT—illogically, elsewhere in the survey, 25% said they had "never heard of it". If accurate, that is extraordinary over four years from the programme's inception.





 
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