Thursday, July 26, 2007

RCN e-health survey

The Royal College of Nursing has today published the results of it's annual e-health survey conducted by Medix. which used an online questionnaire to obtain the attitudes and experiences of 2,600 members towards IT and their perceptions of the new electronic patient record.

The results of the 2007 survey show that:

* Two thirds of nurses (66%) welcome the introduction of an electronic patient record. This figure is higher (76%) in nurses who have experience of using records in this format.

* 58% of nurses do not believe or do not know that the NHS can deliver an electronic record in the foreseeable future.

* 66% say they have not been consulted about the record's development

* 55% of nurses say they have not received any IT training within working time in the last six months

* And 45% say they share a computer with five or more people while 16% share a machine with more than 20 people.

The perceived effect of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) on clinical care continues a downward trend with now only 42% of respondents believing it will improve clinical care compared to 70% in 2004.

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