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In Clinical medicine (London, England)

AIMS : The aim was to help physicians engage with NHS and other policymakers about the use, procurement and regulation of artificial intelligence, algorithms and clinical decision support systems (CDSS) in the NHS by identifying the professional benefits of and concerns about these systems.

METHODS : We piloted a three-page survey instrument with closed and open-ended questions on SurveyMonkey, then circulated it to specialty societies via email. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyse responses.

RESULTS : The results include the current usage of CDSS; identified benefits; concerns about quality; concerns about regulation, professional practice, ethics and liability, as well as actions being taken by the specialty societies to address these; and aspects of CDSS quality that need to be tested.

CONCLUSION : While results confirm many expected benefits and concerns about CDSS, they raise new professional concerns and suggest further actions to explore with partners on behalf of the physician community.

Petkus Haroldas, Hoogewerf Jan, Wyatt Jeremy C


Professional concerns, artificial intelligence, decision support systems, evaluation, regulation