Survey: Most Nurses Want Mobile Access to Medication Handbooks

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Most nurses say they want access to prescription drug guides through their smartphones, according to a survey by health care publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, FierceMobileHealthcare reports.

The company, which is owned by Wolters Kluwer Health, plans to release a mobile application of its printed drug guide in May.

For the report, LWW surveyed nearly 4,000 nurses and nursing students about its Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook.

About 85% of respondents said they would like to be able to access the drug guide electronically through their smartphones, the survey found (Jackson, FierceMobileHealthcare, 4/27).

It also found that:

  • 71% of nursing professionals said they use a smartphone for their job; and
  • 66% of nursing students said they use a smartphone for nursing school (Wolters Kluwer Health release, 4/26).

Judy McCann -- chief nursing officer of Wolters Kluwer Health -- said that "today's nurse wants mobile access to the most current [drug] information possible" (FierceMobileHealthcare, 4/27).


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