Using OpenNotes in inpatient (hospital) settings: Connecting physician-patient communication with user-centered professional communication

Lee Ann Kastman Breuch, Abigail Bakke, Elizabeth Mackey, Kimberly Thomas-Pollei, Shuwen Li

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Abstract

This study shares findings of a pilot study involving interviews of patients and/or family members in six inpatient (hospital) services regarding the sharing of physicians' notes during patient hospital stays (the OpenNotes project). The study exemplifies the role of technical communication in hospital settings, specifically how physicians document technical expertise for a range of audiences and purposes through progress notes. In this study, the notes that were shared with patients were not written with patients in mind, and interviewers asked questions about patients' perspectives of themselves as the subject of the notes. Results from the interviews demonstrated that patients and/or family members discussed themes of document use (how they used the notes), readability issues (e.g., abbreviations), involvement (e.g., questions), and physician care (feelings about the care they received). These themes reinforced the idea that patients and family members saw themselves as a reading audience of the notes, even though the notes were not originally intended for them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProComm 2015 - IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479933754
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
EventIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2015 - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: Jul 12 2015Jul 15 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Volume2015-September
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Other

OtherIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2015
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityLimerick
Period7/12/157/15/15

Keywords

  • Medical rhetoric
  • OpenNotes
  • audience
  • documentation
  • healthcare communication
  • hospitals
  • medical writing
  • patients
  • physician notes
  • technical communication
  • writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • General Engineering

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