The medication advice-seeking network of staff in an Australian hospital renal ward

Nerida Creswick*, Johanna I. Westbrook

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Electronic medication systems may impact communication in hospital wards. To identify the ways in which communication patterns may be altered it is necessary to compare processes both before and after system introduction. This paper reports the use of a social network approach to examine the medication advice-seeking network of an Australian hospital renal ward before the introduction of an electronic medication management system. A social network questionnaire was completed by 96% of staff members (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and administrative staff) on the ward (n=45). Survey data were analysed to produce a sociogram to display the medication advice-seeking network of the staff in the ward. The results showed that there was a relatively low level of advice-seeking about medication-related decisions and tasks. Most communication occurred within professional groups. Several key individuals were pivotal in providing advice both within and across professional groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology in Health Care 2007 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Washington, DC
PublisherIOS Press
Pages217-231
Number of pages15
Volume130
ISBN (Print)9781586037772
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 28 Aug 200730 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Volume130
ISSN (Print)0926-9630

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period28/08/0730/08/07

Keywords

  • advice-seeking
  • doctors
  • electronic prescribing
  • evaluation
  • information system
  • nurses
  • pharmacist
  • Social network analysis

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    Creswick, N., & Westbrook, J. I. (2007). The medication advice-seeking network of staff in an Australian hospital renal ward. In Information Technology in Health Care 2007 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches (Vol. 130, pp. 217-231). (Studies in health technology and informatics; Vol. 130). Amsterdam ; Washington, DC: IOS Press.