Physicians find their lack of time with patients to be a major challenge, and several barriers remain to adoption of health information technology, according to a new Wolters Kluwer survey. The survey also found many doctors haven't seen an increase in efficiency or quality of care during the past two years.

Health care content publisher Wolters Kluwer Health commissioned the survey of 300 physicians--half primary care and half specialists--which research firm Ipsos conducted. Some of the findings:

* Seventy-eight percent of responding physicians cite lack of time as the top barrier to good doctor-patient communication;

* Easier patient access to medical knowledge has improved the relationship, according to 53 percent of surveyed physicians, but about 20 percent say the effect has been detrimental because of misinformation and incorrect self-diagnosis;

* Forty-four percent believe they have a long way to go toward embracing health I.T. and clinical support tools;

* The top barriers to technology adoption are cost (40 percent), too much data and not enough actionable information (32 percent), too hard or time-consuming to learn (27 percent) and too hard to use at the point of care (24 percent).

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