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ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF PATIENTS TOWARDS HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PRACTICE AT ESUT TEACHING HOSPITAL PARKLANE, ENUGU.
*Dr. Mgbe Emeka Kevin MBBS, FWACS and Mgbe Chinenye Glory PhD
Background: The present study was on assessment of knowledge and attitude of patients towards health information management practice at ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu. Objective: To ascertain if patients at ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu have the knowledge of health information management practice, to assess the attitude of patients at ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane Enugu towards health information management practice, as well as to determine the factors affecting the acceptance of health information management practice by the patients at ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu. Methodology: The study population consisted of 207 patients at ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu. A sample size of 136 patients was derived using “Taro Yamane” formula. Descriptive research design was adopted while structured questionnaire was used as the only measuring instrument and purposive sampling technique was used in selecting 118 adult patients of ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu whose opinion was sampled. Result: Findings revealed that majority of the respondents representing 98.2% have knowledge of health information management profession, who gained their knowledge when they were being admitted. Findings also revealed that 31.5% of the respondents felt health information management practitioners to be those who register and document the patients, 42.9% believing that they lack interpersonal communication skills. Conclusion: The researcher recommended that more students should be trained in the profession of health information management.[Full Text Article]