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From the October 2000 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2000 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

College to release research exploring internists' attitudes

The College's Research Center is scheduled to release three papers this year exploring internists' attitudes on computers, guns and hospitalists.

A paper based on results from a College study that examines members' use of and attitudes about medical information technology will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association in November. The paper found that 82% of College members say they use computers for personal or professional reasons, but that less than 19% had software to manage clinical patient information in their offices. Fewer than 7% of College members say they exchange e-mail with patients on a weekly or daily basis. The paper is expected to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Two other papers from the Research Center are scheduled for publication. A study on the relationship between physicians' gun ownership and their attitudes toward firearm injury prevention is scheduled to appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health. A paper on physicians' attitudes toward hospitalists is scheduled to be published in the Dec. 15 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

For more information or a copy of the papers, please contact Elizabeth Nelson, PhD, Director of the Research Center, at 800-523-1546, ext. 2848. or email:

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