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Knowledge and Utilization of E-Health Care Delivery among Health Care Professionals in Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Christian O. Aleke

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Lois N Omaka-Amari

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Jude N. Nwafor

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Chinenye B. Omeje

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Nwankwo Onyechi

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Raphael E. Ochiaka

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Rose-line C. Onuoha

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Precious I. Igwenyi

Christian O. Aleke 1 ,

Lois N Omaka-Amari 1 

Jude N. Nwafor 3 Chinenye B. Omeje 3 Nwankwo Onyechi 5
Raphael E. Ochiaka 6
Rose-line C. Onuoha 7
Precious I. Igwenyi 8

  1. Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. 1

  2. Department of Physical and Health Education, Ebonyi State University College of Education Ikwo, Nigeria. 3

  3. African Institutes for Health Policy and Health Systems, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. 5

  4. Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu Nigeria. 6

  5. School of General Studies, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. 7

  6. Science Education, Faculty of Education, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State Nigeria. 8

Pages: 19-30

DOI: 10.18488/journal.9.2020.71.19.30

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Article History:

Received: 20 May, 2020
Revised: 23 June, 2020
Accepted: 27 July, 2020
Published: 18 August, 2020


Abstract:

The high burden of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Nigeria underscores the need for electronic health. This study determined the knowledge and utilization of e-Health care delivery among health care professionals in federal teaching hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) Ebonyi State. A self-developed questionnaire was used for the study. Two specific objectives with four null –hypotheses were postulated to guide the study. Out of a population of 2092 health workers in FETHA, 209 representing 10% were drawn through a multistage sampling technique and were studied. Frequency and percentage were used to answer research question one, Mean statistic was used to answer research questions two, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used in testing null-hypotheses one and two while Binomial Logistics Regression was used in testing hypotheses three and four at .05 level of significance and appropriate degree of freedom. The findings indicated that health care professionals in FETHA possessed good knowledge of e-Health care delivery with an overall per cent (85.6%). The findings further show that utilization of e-Health care delivery was low (x?= 2.14). The four null-hypotheses tested shows that there is no statistical significant difference in level of knowledge by age (P=.236 >0.05), level of utilization by age (P-value =.087>0.05), level of knowledge by gender (P-value=.051>0.05), level of utilization by gender (P-value = .908>0.05). The study concluded among others that Nigerian government at all level, through their various ministries of health should organize intensive ICT training and retraining of health workers regarding e-Health use in health care delivery.
Contribution/ Originality
This Study Contributes to the Existing Literature by Evaluating the Knowledge and Utilization of E-Health Care Delivery among Health Care Professionals in Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Keywords:

E-Health care delivery, e-Health Tools, Knowledge and Utilization, Health care professionals, Federal teaching hospital, Ebonyi State Nigeria.

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This study received no specific financial support.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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