Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Health professionals said that clinical decision support was beneficial to their practice.

Clinical decision support helps clinicians take better care of their patients.

The findings of this survey to identify factors that affect the acceptance of clinical decision support (CDS) among primary care physicians, are published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 110 out of 225 physicians responded to the survey, and the majority said that CDS "helps them take better care of their patients." The study asked specific questions relating to acceptance of alerts for different situations, eg elderly patients, multiple medications and multiple chronic clinical conditions. Most of the clinicians said that they were often running behind schedule, and if they were running late, they were less likely to accept the alerts. The conclusions were that they do find CDS beneficial to patient care but they would like more time to use CDS.

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Citation:
A survey of factors affecting clinician acceptance of clinical decision support
DF Sittig, MA Krall, RH Dykstra, A Russell, HL Chin
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 2006, 6:6

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