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Table 1 Timing of focus groups, description of hardware and software, and characteristics of participants

From: Prescriber and staff perceptions of an electronic prescribing system in primary care: a qualitative assessment

  Site C Site B Site A Float Pool
Focus Group Date March 2005
October 2005
June/September 2005
June 2006
April 2005
(variable stages of implementation)
Description of Hardware and Software
Hardware configuration at time of focus group Basic* Basic* Basic* Basic* plus
Prescribers using portable laptops since June 2005 as step toward having PC in exam room
Basic* plus
Software in use at time of focus group Basic** plus e-rx system absent; paper-based prescribing only Basic** plus e-rx system in place since April 2005 Basic** plus e-rx system in place since July 2004 Basic** plus e-rx system in place since August 2004 Basic** plus e-rx system variable
Characteristics of Participants
Participants Focus Group 1:
8 Physicians
No physician focus group conducted Focus Group 4:
6 Physicians
Focus Group 6:
3 Physicians
  Focus Group 2:
8 Staff
7 Staff
Focus Group 5:
12 Staff
Focus Group 7:
4 Staff
Focus Group 8:
22 Staff
Number employed at site; proportion participating in focus group Physicians:
10; 80% (8/10)
15; 40% (6/15)
8; 38% (3/8)
17; 48% (8/17)
17; 41% (7/17)
25; 48% (12/25)
11; 36% (4/11)
  1. *Basic hardware configuration=Desktop computers in prescriber offices and at clinic workstations for ten years; **Basic software=Homegrown electronic health record in place for ten years; e-rx=electronic prescribing; N/A=not applicable