Table 3

Summary of the findings related to timelines in the four studies reporting this outcome.

Study

Timeliness

Conclusions


Handheld Computers

Paper and Pencil


Rivellese AA et al.1991 40

1 minutes/week to transfer data into computer with 'Food-Meter' cable hook up.

> 30 minutes/week with conventional method. Specific data not provided.

No conclusions were made

Tiplady B et al.1997 38

Authors claim electronic diary automation reduced total data handling time by over 80%; specific data not provided.

Specific data not provided

No conclusions were made

Lal SO et al. 2000 35

Average PDA data collection and hook up time was 50 minutes for every group of 10 patients entered

Manual collection with computer entry method was 65 minutes for each group of 10 patients. Total time decreased by 23%

Handheld computers decreased total time by 23%

Walker I et al. 2004 32

0.25 days from intravenous infusion to receipt of data.

Reminder phone calls 1/patient

25 days from intravenous infusion to receipt of data.

Reminder phone calls 5/patient

Major statistical and clinical significance.


Lane et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2006 6:23   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-6-23

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