What is it about?

The article explores factors that effect usage of electronic health records whilst mobile. IT issues, lack of training, missing collegiate support and seeing technology as a barrier rather than an enabler of care all reduce usage. Conversley those who were using it regularly fround it enabled better collaborative care and research shows timely access saves time and improves patient safety.

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Why is it important?

The article asks how organisations could better support community nurses to use electronic health records whilst visiting patients. It suggests training and role modelling that focus on patient benefit rather than data collection would better motivate nurses to engage.


I hope this is read by those who commision and manage services so they can think about the benificence which motivates staff. I would like to think that nurses reading it can see some of the good experiences of their colleagues and think that they may change their practice accordingly

ruth lezard

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This page is a summary of: The factors influencing community nurses' usage of electronic health records: findings from focus groups, British Journal of Community Nursing, December 2021, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2021.26.12.604.
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