Patient Experiences Using an Inpatient Personal Health RecordThis project was supported by grants from the National Library of Medicine (T15 LM00707) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01HS21816).
11 November 2015
accepted: 15 March 2016
16 December 2017 (online)
To investigate patients’ experience using an inpatient personal health record (PHR) on a tablet computer to increase engagement in their hospital care.
We performed observations and conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 post-operative cardiac surgical patients and their family members who received an inpatient PHR. Themes were identified using an inductive coding scheme.
All participants responded favorably to having access to view their clinical information. A majority (85.7%) of participants used the application following an initial training session. Patients reported high satisfaction with being able to view their hospital medications and access educational materials related to their medical conditions. Patients reported a desire to view daily progress reports about their hospital stay and have access to educational information about their postacute recovery. In addition, patients expressed a common desire to view their diagnoses, laboratory test results, radiology reports, and procedure notes in language that is patient-friendly.
Patients have unmet information needs in the hospital setting. Our findings suggest that for some inpatients and their family members, providing personalized health information through a tablet computer may improve satisfaction, decrease anxiety, increase understanding of their health conditions, and improve safety and quality of care.
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