Most Physicians See Benefits in Electronic Clinical Summaries

Most physicians who had electronic access to clinical summaries of recent research said they found the summaries to be useful or very useful, according to a study published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, FierceHealthIT reports.

For the study, Canadian and Australian researchers provided electronic one-page clinical summaries of the latest research to 83 pediatricians who specialize in respiratory conditions.

The study found that 93% of the pediatricians said they found the electronic summaries to be useful or very useful.

Eighty-three percent of the pediatricians said the easy layout of the summaries let them quickly find critical data.

The study authors write that the electronic summaries "have the potential to be useful for child health clinicians in point-of-care decision-making by providing current high-quality evidence in a consistent way to answer common clinical questions" (Durben Hirsch, FierceHealthIT, 3/21).


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