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Title: The impact of computerised physician order entry with integrated clinical decision support on pharmacist-physician communication in the hospital setting
Author: Pontefract, Sarah Katie
ISNI:       0000 0004 7231 093X
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2018
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An analysis of over 34,000 free-text messages assigned by pharmacists to prescription orders over a 12-month period showed a sub-optimal exchange of information with the physician. Focus groups and observational research were conducted to provide a more in-depth understanding of the factors involved. The use of CPOE did not reduce opportunities for personal interaction. The capability to communicate electronically facilitated a non-interruptive workflow, beneficial for staff time and for limiting distractions. It also improved clinical documentation, which helped coordinate care of patients between members of the pharmacy team. However, the research identified several barriers to the effectiveness of communication via the CPOE system, including: the increased frequency of messages sent; poor display characteristics of the message; poor access to information to inform decision-making; one-way communication; and no assigned responsibility to respond. These factors need to be considered in the design of systems and supported by interprofessional training to optimise communication between the professionals.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology ; RS Pharmacy and materia medica