An integrated system for multidisciplinary assessments in stroke rehabilitation.
There is increasing emphasis on the use of integrated systems for timely, accurate, and efficient data collection for a range of service, audit, quality, and research applications. The present study evaluates the acceptability and the quality of data collected on a ward-based system over a 6-month period.
A multidisciplinary system specific for stroke rehabilitation was used. Members of each discipline were required to enter demographic, medical, nursing, therapy, and psychosocial data as appropriate to their specialty. A users' survey was undertaken at the beginning and at the end of the study. The quality and completeness of data entry were assessed by a "snapshot" of the database at the end of the study period. Primary users (n = 13) included physicians, nurses, and therapists.
The user survey at the end of the evaluation showed a significant increase in confidence in using the system. Although the frequency of use had increased, the time spent in data entry had decreased significantly. The increase in work load, estimated at 15 to 60 minutes per week, was considered to be balanced by the benefits in patient care, audit, and research. There were 67 medical and 1046 other assessments on 67 patients entered into the system. Seven patients (11%) had incomplete medical records. Nursing and therapy assessments had been entered for all patients at admission and on discharge, with more than 95% of all possible assessments monitoring recovery being recorded accurately compared with conventional records.
The study showed that it was possible to introduce a computerized multidisciplinary assessment system on rehabilitation wards as a part of day-to-day work without the need for significant extra resources.
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