Use of Electronic Documentation for Quality Improvement in Hospice
Little evidence exists about the use of electronic documentation (ED) in hospice and its relationship to quality improvement (QI) practices. The purposes of this study were to (1) estimate the prevalence of ED use in hospice, (2) identify organizational characteristics associated with use of ED, and (3) determine whether quality measurement practices differed based on documentation format (electronic vs nonelectronic). Surveys concerning the use of ED for QI practices and the monitoring of quality-related care and outcomes were collected from 653 hospices. Users of ED were able to monitor a wider range of quality-related data than users of non-ED. Quality components such as advanced care planning, cultural needs, experience during care of the actively dying, and the number/types of care being delivered were more likely to be documented by users of ED. Use of ED may help hospices monitor quality and compliance.
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