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Saturday, February 26, 2005

This is a project web site for a Department of Health funded study "How do NHS nurses use Information Technology?" being undertaken by the Universities of York, Southampton and Loughborough.

The press release says:
A team of researchers from three universities, led by the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, is studying the role of information technology (IT) in the decisions nurses make about patient care.

The new two-year research programme, which is backed by a £250,000 grant from the Department of Health, will involve surveying NHS trusts across the country to establish how a range of health care professionals use IT in delivering patient care.

The research will identify areas where there are innovative projects and four will be selected for closer study.

Programme manager Dr Dawn Dowding said: "We will select four locations to look at how they have introduced the technology and how it's impacting on decision-making and consultations."

The aim of the research will be to assess how the technologies have been introduced and whether trusts have provided sufficient information and training. It will track where nurses are using PRODIGY -- a decision support tool commonly used by general practitioners when prescribing -- or similar technologies.

Dr Dowding added: "Very little is known about what types of system are in place at local levels. None of them have been developed at a national level and so there may be considerable differences in the types of equipment that nurses use.

"We will identify which systems are the most efficient to introduce and work best in practice."


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