Oncologists, primary care doctors, pediatricians and psychiatrists are open to contact with drug representatives, but they want those reps to keep the contact to five minutes or less, a CMI/Compas survey found. Half of the health care providers surveyed prefer in-person contact, 43% prefer a Web conference and 79% favor electronic detailing. Doctors seem to have higher tolerance for a Web conference lasting longer than 15 minutes than they do for a phone call of equal duration, but very few would tolerate in-person, Web conference, phone call or e-detail lasting 30 minutes.

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