Are we ready for the Electronic Patient Record? Attitudes and perceptions of staff from two NHS Trust hospitals

KIRSHBAUM, M. (2008). Are we ready for the Electronic Patient Record? Attitudes and perceptions of staff from two NHS Trust hospitals. Health informatics journal, 10 (4), 265-276.

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: In light of plans to implement an electronic patient record (EPR), preparations for radical organisational change were recognised as being critical to success.

    AIM: To determine hospital staff’s experience of and attitudes toward computer use and the EPR.

    METHOD: A cross-sectional design using The Computer and EPR Attitude Survey was administered to 878 health service employees in two acute hospitals; 479 completed questionnaires were returned, representing a 54% response rate.

    RESULTS: The majority of respondents demonstrated positive attitudes toward the use of computers and toward EPR, although only 298 (62%) wrote that they knew what ‘EPR’ actually stood for. Nurses consistently recorded the greatest agreement with negative statements: ‘I avoid using computers whenever I can,’ ‘Using a computer is more trouble than it is worth,’ and ‘I sometimes feel intimidated by the thought of using a computer.’

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Responsive and prompt actions e.g. informative workshops and targeted skills training.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes, electronic patient record, health service employees, survey
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    Identification Number: 10.1177/1460458204048509
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 11:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/329

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