Findings from Royal Cornwall Hospital Broaden Understanding of Clinical Trials and Studies (Use of SMS and tablet computer improves the electronic collection of elective orthopaedic patient reported outcome measures)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Clinical Research. According to news reporting originating in Cornwall, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Electronic patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) enable real time reporting back to the patient and medical team, comparison between similar patient cohorts and long-term cost effective outcome measurement. The primary objective of this three-phase pilot study was to measure uptake using a web-based PROM system following the introduction of two separate process improvements."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Royal Cornwall Hospital, "Eighty consecutive new elective orthopaedic patients in a single surgeon's practice were recruited for the study. Patients in Group 1 (n=26) received only a letter reminding them to complete a symptom score. Those in Group 2 (n=31) also received a reminder SMS (short message service) message via their mobile or home telephone and those in Group 3 (n=23) also had access to a tablet computer in clinic. The mean patient age in Group 1 was 55 years (range: 24-80 years), in Group 2 it was 60 years (range: 23-85 years) and in Group 3 it was 58 years (range: 37-78 years) (p >0.05). Overall, 79% of patients had internet access, and 35% of Group 1, 55% of Group 2 and 74% of Group 3 recorded an electronic PROM score (p=0.02). In Group 3, 94% of patients listed for an operation completed an electronic PROM score (p=0.006). Collecting PROM data effectively in everyday clinical practice is challenging. Electronic collection should meet that challenge and improve healthcare delivery but it is in its infancy. This pilot study shows that the combination of an SMS reminder and access to a Wi-Fi enabled tablet computer in the clinic setting enabled 94% of patients listed for an operation to complete a score on a web-based clinical outcomes system."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Additional staff training and telephone call reminders may further improve uptake."
For more information on this research see: Use of SMS and tablet computer improves the electronic collection of elective orthopaedic patient reported outcome measures. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2014;96(5):348-351. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England can be contacted at: Royal Coll Surgeons England, 35-43 Lincoln'S Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PN, England.
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting N. Roberts, Royal Cornwall Hosp NHS Trust, Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include B. Bradley and D. Williams.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Cornwall, Computers, Orthopedics, United Kingdom, Clinical Research, Clinical Trials and Studies
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