What patients think when you pull out your mobile phone

ALMOST three-quarters of patients and carers approve of doctors using smartphones and other mobile devices in hospitals, as long as it’s for patient care and not personal use, a survey shows.

The results, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, are based on responses from 70 patients and carers (a 90% response rate) at two Sydney teaching hospitals. 

Respondents were given six open-ended questions about whether a mobile device had been used by medical staff, if permission was asked, what the