Nearly half (48%) of clinicians globally say that physicians using generative AI tools to help make clinical decisions will be ‘desirable’ in two or three years’ time, a major global study has suggested.
This figure drops to around a third (34%) for UK clinicians alone and 42% in the US, with clinicians in China appearing to be the most optimistic (53%) about generative AI.
Conducted by Elsevier Health, the survey of more than 2,600 doctors and nurses worldwide sought to consider clinicians’ opinions on AI and the state of healthcare three years on from the pandemic.
It highlighted that more than half (51%) of clinicians welcome medical students using generative AI in the next two years, but only 33% of those in the UK found this desirable.
The Clinician of the Future 2023 report also found that nearly four-in-five (78%) of UK clinicians believe that tackling doctor and nurse shortages is a top priority.
A quarter (24%) of UK doctors said they do not enjoy their job with only 56% saying they had a good work-life balance.
And 39% of doctors and 49% of nurses in the UK believe they have sufficient time to provide good care for their patients.