Mobile computing and the quality of home care nursing practice

Authors: Paré, Guy; Sicotte, Claude; Moreault, Marie-Pierre; Poba-Nzaou, Placide; Georgette, Nahas; Templier, Mathieu
Abstract: We investigated the effects of the introduction of mobile computing on the quality of home care nursing practice in Québec. The software, which structured and organized the nursing activities in patients’ homes, was installed sequentially in nine community health centres. The completeness of the nursing notes was compared in 77 paper records (pre-implementation) and 73 electronic records (post-implementation). Overall, the introduction of the software was associated with an improvement in the completeness of the nursing notes. All 137 nurse users were asked to complete a structured questionnaire. A total of 101 completed questionnaires were returned (74% response rate). Overall, the nurses reported a very high level of satisfaction with the quality of clinical information collected. A total of 57 semi-structured interviews were conducted and most nurses believed that the new software represented a user-friendly tool with a clear and understandable structure. A postal questionnaire was sent to approximately 1240 patients. A total of 223 patients returned the questionnaire (approximately 18% response rate). Overall, patients felt that the use of mobile computing during home visits allowed nurses to manage their health condition better and, hence, provide superior care services. The use of mobile computing had positive and significant effects on the quality of care provided by home nurses.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 September 2011
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 17 (6), 313–317 (2011)
RSM Press
Alternative version: 10.1258/jtt.2011.101204
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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