Bedside terminals and quality of nursing documentation.

P. B. Marr, E. Duthie, K. S. Glassman, D. M. Janovas, J. B. Kelly, E. Graham, C. T. Kovner, A. Rienzi, N. K. Roberts, D. Schick

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In this article, the authors report on part one of a three-part investigation studying the impact of bedside terminals at New York University Medical Center, New York, NY. Using a before-after parallel control-group design, the quality of computerized nursing documentation was studied before and after adding computers to patient rooms. The quality of documentation was defined by timeliness and completeness of data. The study hypothesis, which predicted a positive relationship between the presence of bedside terminals and the quality of nursing documentation, was not supported. Study results showed a minimal use of the computer terminals located in patient rooms. A surprising result was the use of terminals located in rooms other than that of the patient for which documentation was made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • General Computer Science


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