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

Kirshbaum, Marilyn (2004) Are we ready for the Electronic Patient Record? Attitudes and perceptions of staff from two NHS trust hospitals. Health Informatics Journal, 10 (4). pp. 265-276. ISSN 1460-4582

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In light of plans to implement an electronic patient record (EPR), preparations for radical organizational change were recognized as being critical to success. The aim of the study was to determine hospital staff’s experience of and attitudes toward computer use and the EPR. 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 per cent response rate. The majority of respondents demonstrated positive attitudes toward the use of computers and the 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 centre on responsive and prompt actions, e.g. informative workshops and targeted skills training.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2009 15:56
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2011 10:13


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