April 1999 to June 30, 2000
3,200 private-practice physicians (GPs and specialists) whose services are reimbursed by the national health insurance fund.
Those surveyed were solicited volunteers
After conducting a detailed analysis of the market, a list was drawn up of the various applications available. Ten of them were selected to be the object of a six-month evaluation (the ten are explained in detail in the survey's terms of reference).
Each participating physician volunteered to test two applications.
The evaluating physicians evaluated the two applications on a monthly basis.
The participating physicians were asked to:
The Irdes participated in the drafting of the questionnaires and received the returned questionnaires at its website. The Irdes then handled the necessary follow-ups: sending questionnaires by e-mail, sending reminders to tardy physicians, establishing procedures for dealing with questionnaires returned late or of questionable reliability, fielding technical questions posed by participating physicians concerning the filling out or content of the questionnaires.
The Irdes processed the returned questionnaires as they came in and published the preliminary results and a definitive report.