A closer look at nursing documentation on paper forms: preparation for computerizing a nursing documentation system.
A small scale documentation analysis was conducted to explore the medical and surgical nursing content of the patient record at a large teaching hospital affiliated with Partners Healthcare System (PHS), in preparation for a computerized documentation system. Through this study, we identified a number of problems associated with the paper record that require resolution in the new computerized system, including elimination of documentation redundancy, areas where more structure is needed to properly capture data on nursing practice, and various design considerations to support a more complete and accurate documentation of nursing care.
Kim, H; Dykes, PC; Thomas, D; Winfield, LA; Rocha, RA
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