A quantitative study investigating the effects of computerised clinical decision support in the Emergency Department

Paula Bennett, Nicholas Hardiker

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This paper describes the evaluation of a computerized clinical decision support system (CCDSS) for Emergency Department (ED) triage. The CCDSS for triage was developed as a means to improve ED quality and safety. Whilst there is significant research on the role of CCDSS in health care, their role in EDs remains under-investigated. In this study, a CCDSS for ED triage was developed and evaluated using a quasi-experimental interrupted time-series design. Data was collected at four time points before and after the introduction of the CCDSS to assess key aspects of quality and safety within the ED. The results demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in triage prioritization (p<0.001), pain scoring (p<0.001) and pain management (p<0.001). This study clearly identifies the positive clinical impact that a CCDSS can have on quality and safety for ED patients and provides a unique contribution to the current knowledge base.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics 2016 - eHealth for All
Subtitle of host publicationEvery Level Collaboration - From Project to Realization
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996576
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Jun 201629 Jun 2016
Conference number: 13
http://imia-medinfo.org/wp/13th-international-congress-in-nursing-informatics/ (Link to Conference Website)

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics
Abbreviated titleNI 2016
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