The role of technology in clinician-to-clinician communication.


Journal Article

Incomplete, fragmented and poorly organised communications contribute to more than half the errors that lead to adverse and sentinel events. Meanwhile, communication software and devices with expanding capabilities are rapidly proliferating and being introduced into the healthcare setting. Clinicians face a large communication burden, which has been exacerbated by the additional challenge of selecting a mode of communication. In addition to specific communication devices, some hospitals have implemented advanced technological systems to assist with communication. However, few studies have provided empirical evidence of the specific advantages and disadvantages of the different devices used for communication. Given the increasing quantities of information transmitted to and by clinicians, evaluations of how communication methods and devices can improve the quality, safety and outcomes of healthcare are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McElroy, LM; Ladner, DP; Holl, JL

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 981 - 983

PubMed ID

  • 23873757

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23873757

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2044-5423

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002191


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England