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Clinician attitudes toward and use of electronic problem lists: a thematic analysis

Author(s): Wright Adam | Maloney Francine | Feblowitz Joshua

Journal: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
ISSN 1472-6947

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Abstract Background The clinical problem list is an important tool for clinical decision making, quality measurement and clinical decision support; however, problem lists are often incomplete and provider attitudes towards the problem list are poorly understood. Methods An ethnographic study of healthcare providers conducted from April 2009 to January 2010 was carried out among academic and community outpatient medical practices in the Greater Boston area across a wide range of medical and surgical specialties. Attitudes towards the problem list were then analyzed using grounded theory methods. Results Attitudes were variable, and dimensions of variations fit into nine themes: workflow, ownership and responsibility, relevance, uses, content, presentation, accuracy, alternatives, support/education and one cross-cutting theme of culture. Conclusions Significant variation was observed in clinician attitudes towards and use of the electronic patient problem list. Clearer guidance and best practices for problem list utilization are needed.
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