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 projectespecially 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 Medixreflected by the above extract
from the Medix Executive Summary.
|Medix Feb 2003
||Medix June 2003||Medix Feb 2004
||Medix July 2004||Medix Jan 2005
||MORI July 2005||Medix Jan 2006
||MORI Feb 2006||Medix Nov 2006
|Likely effect on clinical care? term)||Improvement
||These are encouraging findings, especially as the trend is clearly upwards.
|Is NPfIT a good use of NHS resources?||Yes|
|In contrast, this indicates a marked reversal of view since NPfIT's inception.
|How much information have you had?||Little/none**
||It is remarkable that so many doctors still know little about such an important project. (And see Note 2)
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 NPfITillogically, 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.