Paper and electronic antenatal records: What do women and health care providers tell us about their use?

Hawley, G., Hepworth, J., Jackson, C., & Wilkinson, S. (2015) Paper and electronic antenatal records: What do women and health care providers tell us about their use? In 2nd APS College of Health Psychology Conference, 10-11 April 2015, Sydney, N.S.W. (Unpublished)

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The antenatal paper hand-held record (PHR) has been used extensively in general practice (GP) shared-care management of pregnant women, but recently the antenatal electronic health record (EHR) was introduced. This study aimed to examine the experiences of women and health care providers who use the PHR and the EHR, and find out the relative role of these records in the integration of care. Purposive homogenous samples of women and health care providers were interviewed as users of the PHR in phase 1 and the EHR in phase 2 of the study. Qualitative data were collected via interview with women and GPs and focus groups held with hospital health care providers. Interviews were coded manually and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Fifteen women participated in phase 1 and 12 in phase 2. Seventeen GPs participated in phase 1 and 15 in phase 2. Five focus groups with hospital health care providers were conducted in each phase. Results were categorised into four themes:

  1. Record purpose;

  2. Perception of the record;

  3. Content of the record, and;

  4. Sharing information in the record.

Both women and health care providers were familiar with the PHR, but identified that some information was missing or not utilised well, and reported underuse of the EHR. The study identified continued widespread use of the PHR and several issues concerning the use of the EHR. An improvement in the strategic implementation of the EHR is suggested as a mechanism to facilitate its wider adoption.

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ID Code: 86564
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2015 01:34
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 23:32

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