Self-Assessment of Digital Literacy of Doctors in Chişinău, Moldova

Authors

  • Ecaterina PITEL Transilvania University of Brasov
  • Adela ȚURCANU The State University of Medicine and Pharmacy Nicolae Testemitanu, Chișinau, Republic of Moldova

Keywords:

Digital Literacy, Medical Education, Healthcare Technology, Competency Assessment, Health Informatics

Abstract

Background: As healthcare increasingly integrates digital technologies, it is crucial to ensure that medical professionals possess robust digital competencies to maximize the benefits of these technologies. Mastering fundamental digital skills is essential before engaging with more complex digital health technologies. This study aimed to assess the general digital competencies of doctors in Chișinău, Moldova, and to identify specific areas needing improvement, thereby providing a foundation for tailored educational programs. Materials and Methods: In April 2024, data were collected using the My DigiSkills tool, a self-assessment online questionnaire developed under the European Commission's DigCompSAT project by ALL DIGITAL. This cross-sectional study involved resident doctors and specialists and from various medical institutions in Chișinău, who self-assessed their digital competence levels across five areas: Information and Data Literacy, Communication and Collaboration, Digital Content Creation, Safety, and Problem Solving. Upon completing the questionnaire, participants received their results via email and subsequently forwarded the results to the researchers. Results: The study revealed that over 50% of doctors in Chișinău demonstrated advanced skills in information and data literacy and communication. However, significant deficiencies were found in digital safety, with only 19% showing advanced skills in this area. Younger doctors generally exhibited higher digital competence levels. The results highlight the urgent need for customized training initiatives to address these gaps and enhance digital competencies among medical professionals. Conclusions: The study underscores the necessity for tailored educational programs to improve digital competencies, particularly in digital safety, because data privacy and security are paramount in the medical context.

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Published

30.06.2024

How to Cite

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PITEL E, ȚURCANU A. Self-Assessment of Digital Literacy of Doctors in Chişinău, Moldova. Appl Med Inform [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 20];46(2):29-36. Available from: https://ami.info.umfcluj.ro/index.php/AMI/article/view/1052

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Research letters/Short reports