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Who’s My Doctor? Using an Electronic Tool to Improve Team Member Identification on an Inpatient Pediatrics Team

Journal title
Hospital pediatrics
Publication year
2016
Author(s)
Singh, A.; Rhee, K. E.; Brennan, J. J.; Kuelbs, C.; El-Kareh, R.; Fisher, E. S.
Pages
157-65
Volume
6
Number
3

OBJECTIVES: Increase parent/caregiver ability to correctly identify the attending in charge and define terminology of treatment team members (TTMs). We hypothesized that correct TTM identification would increase with use of an electronic communication tool. Secondary aims included assessing subjects’ satisfaction with and trust of TTM and interest in computer activities during hospitalization. METHODS: Two similar groups of parents/legal guardians/primary caregivers of children admitted to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine teaching service with an unplanned first admission were surveyed before (Phase 1) and after (Phase 2) implementation of a novel electronic medical record (EMR)-based tool with names, photos, and definitions of TTMs. Physicians were also surveyed only during Phase 1. Surveys assessed TTM identification, satisfaction, trust, and computer use. RESULTS: More subjects in Phase 2 correctly identified attending physicians by name (71% vs. 28%, P < .001) and correctly defined terms intern, resident, and attending (P 79%) and TTMs (>87%) reported that subjects’ ability to identify TTMs moderately or strongly impacted satisfaction and trust. The majority of subjects expressed interest in using computers to understand TTMs in each phase. CONCLUSIONS: Subjects’ ability to correctly identify attending physicians and define TTMs was significantly greater for those who used our tool. In our study, subjects reported that TTM identification impacted aspects of the TTM relationship, yet few could correctly identify TTMs before tool use. This pilot study showed early success in engaging subjects with the EMR in the hospital and suggests that families would engage in computer-based activities in this setting.

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