What do ER physicians really want? A method for elucidating ER information needs.

I. Shablinsky*, J. Starren, C. Friedman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Prior discharge summaries are a critical source of information for treating emergency room patients. However, reading discharge summaries may occupy more time than emergency care clinicians can afford. It would be beneficial to present vital information in the reports to them so that they would be able to quickly extract and digest it. There are several possible ways to present the information without changing the structure or content of the report itself. As a prelude to an effective study concerning the efficiency of the various presentation approaches, it is first necessary to know which diagnoses would benefit from past history, and what kind of information is most important to present for each of the diagnoses. In this study, we present a method for elucidating emergency care information needs from clinicians. Analysis of the data obtained from clinicians resulted in generation of a list of important diagnoses and informational categories. For validation, the clinicians were shown sample reports and were asked to highlight critical information. Overall, predicted important items correlated with physicians highlighting (Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.650, significance level 0.01).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-394
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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