ICU Clinicians Cautiously Support Electronic Portals

Share this content:
ICU Clinicians Cautiously Support Electronic Portals
ICU Clinicians Cautiously Support Electronic Portals

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians are cautiously supportive of an electronic portal to enhance communication in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a study published online Oct. 4 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Sigall K. Bell, M.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues conducted focus groups to glean the perspectives of 26 clinicians from six ICUs on the current state of communication among patients, families, and clinicians, and assess their views on whether and how an electronic portal may address existing communication deficits and improve care.

The researchers found that the common themes reflecting clinician perspectives on communication challenges and desired portal functionality were comprehension and literacy, results and updates, patient and family preferences, inter-clinician communication, family informational needs, the ICU as an unfamiliar environment, and enhancing humanism through technology. Benefits across themes included enhanced education, patient/family engagement, and clinician workflow, while challenges included the stress and uncertainty of ICU care, fear of technology replacing human connection, existing inter-clinician communication failures, and the tension related to informing families without overwhelming them.

"As new technologies expand opportunities for greater transparency and participation in care, clinician buy-in and positive impact will depend, in large part, on the extent to which the concerns of stakeholders are addressed," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Low-Dose Hyaluronidase Can Remove Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Low-Dose Hyaluronidase Can Remove Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Greater resolution of nodules with hyaluronidase versus saline; more rapid resolution with higher doses

Improvement in Race-Based Disparities in Years of Life Lost

Improvement in Race-Based Disparities in Years of Life ...

Decline in race-based disparities in years of life lost seen in the United States from 1990 to 2014

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Increase in endocarditis over nine-year study period mirrored increase in concomitant mixed drug use

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »