Missing clinical information in NHS hospital outpatient clinics: prevalence, causes and effects on patient care.

Burnett, S.J., Deelchand, V., Franklin, B.D., Moorthy, K. and Vincent, C. (2011) Missing clinical information in NHS hospital outpatient clinics: prevalence, causes and effects on patient care. BMC Health Services Research, 11 . p. 114. 10.1186/1472-6963-11-114.

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DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-114

Abstract

If these findings are replicated across the NHS then almost 10 million outpatients are seen each year without key clinical information, creating over a million unnecessary appointments, and putting nearly 2 million patients at risk of harm. There is a need for a systematic, regular audit of the prevalence of missing clinical information. Only then will we know the impact on clinical decision making and patient care of new technology, service reorganisations and, crucially given the present financial climate, temporary or reduced staffing levels. Further research is needed to assess the relationship between missing clinical information and diagnostic errors; to examine the issue in primary care; and to consider the patients perspective.

Item Type:Article
Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Department of Practice and Policy
ID Code:2327
Journal or Publication Title:BMC Health Services Research
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Deposited On:14 Oct 2011 14:30
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