Email not worth the effort
The idea that patients can email their doctor fills most GPs with dread, a 6minutes poll shows.
When asked whether email communication between patient and GP was a good alternative to a follow-up phone, call 80% of respondents answered “no”.
Less than a fifth of respondents thought email communication in general practice was a good idea. Just 3% were undecided.
The 6minutes poll confirms the general consensus among Australian health professionals that email makes more work for already hard pressed doctors