Table 1

Studies of handheld electronic medical records

Study, Year

Setting

Patients

Practitioners

Primary Function

Results

Comments


VanDenKerkof et al, 2004 [25]

Canada

Postoperative orthopedic patients (n = 72)

Anesthesiologists, n = 4

Documentation of acute pain management service

Encounter time 6.1 minutes in PDA group vs 4.6 minutes in paper chart (p = 0.00). Documentation significantly better for 3 of 5 main pain variables.

Stengel et al, 2004 [26]

Germany

Orthopedic patients (n = 78)

Registrar (n = 1), residents (n = 3), and medical students (n = 2) in orthopedics

Documentation of daily progress, diagnoses

More diagnoses entered using PDA vs paper (411 vs 157).

More incorrect diagnoses using PDA vs paper (48 vs 7)


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