Improving geriatric prescribing in the ED: a qualitative study of facilitators and barriers to clinical decision support tool use.

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QUALITY PROBLEM OR ISSUE: Clinical decision support (CDS) may improve prescribing for older adults in the Emergency Department (ED) if adopted by providers. INITIAL ASSESSMENT: Existing prescribing order entry processes were mapped at an initial Veterans Administration Medical Center site, demonstrating cognitive burden, effort and safety concerns. CHOICE OF SOLUTION: Geriatric order sets incorporating 2012 Beers guidelines and including geriatric prescribing advice and prepopulated order options were developed. IMPLEMENTATION: Geriatric order sets were implemented at two sites as part of the multicomponent 'Enhancing Quality of Prescribing Practices for Older Veterans Discharged from the Emergency Department' quality improvement initiative. EVALUATION: Facilitators and barriers to order sets use at the two sites were evaluated. Phone interviews were conducted with two provider groups (n = 20), those 'EQUiPPED' with the interventions (n = 10, 5 at each site) and Comparison providers who were only exposed to order sets through a clickable option on the ED order menu within the patient's medical record (n = 10, 5 at each site). All providers were asked about order set 'use' and 'usefulness'. Users (n = 11) were asked about 'usability'. LESSONS LEARNED: Order set adopters described 'usefulness' in terms of 'safety' and 'efficiency', whereas order set consultants and order set non-users described 'usefulness' in terms of 'information' or 'training'. Provider 'autonomy', 'comfort' level with existing tools, and 'learning curve' were stated as barriers to use. CONCLUSIONS: Quantifying efficiency advantages and communicating safety benefit over preexisting practices and tools may improve adoption of CDS in ED and in other settings of care.

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Cited Authors

  • Vandenberg, AE; Vaughan, CP; Stevens, M; Hastings, SN; Powers, J; Markland, A; Hwang, U; Hung, W; Echt, KV

Published Date

  • February 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 117 - 123

PubMed ID

  • 27852639

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-3677

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/intqhc/mzw129


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England