Electronic clinical decision support systems attitudes and barriers to use in the oncology setting

Collins, I. M., Breathnach, O. and Felle, P. 2012, Electronic clinical decision support systems attitudes and barriers to use in the oncology setting, Irish journal of medical science, vol. 181, no. 4, pp. 521-525, doi: 10.1007/s11845-012-0809-6.

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Title Electronic clinical decision support systems attitudes and barriers to use in the oncology setting
Author(s) Collins, I. M.ORCID iD for Collins, I. M. orcid.org/0000-0001-6936-0942
Breathnach, O.
Felle, P.
Journal name Irish journal of medical science
Volume number 181
Issue number 4
Start page 521
End page 525
Total pages 5
Publisher Springer
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 0021-1265
1863-4362
Keyword(s) information technology
clinical decision support systems
oncology
healthcare
informatics
Summary BACKGROUND: There is little evidence regarding attitudes to clinical decision support systems (CDSS) in oncology.

AIMS: We examined the current usage, awareness, and concerns of Irish medical oncologists and oncology pharmacists in this area.

METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to 27 medical oncologists and 34 oncology pharmacists, identified through professional interest groups. Respondents ranked concerns regarding their use of a CDSS on a scale from 1 to 4, with 4 being most important.

RESULTS: Overall, 67% (41/61) responded, 48% (13/27) of oncologists and 82% (28/34) of pharmacists surveyed. Concerns included "difficulty defining complex clinical situations with a set of rules" (mean ± SD) (3.2 ± 0.9), "ensuring evidence base is up to date and relevant" (3.2 ± 0.9) and "lack of clinically relevant suggestions" (2.9 ± 0.9). Ninety-three percent reported using a CDSS but 54% were unaware of this.

CONCLUSION: While there are benefits to using a CDSS, concerns must be addressed through user education. This may be a starting point for a user-centred design approach to the development of future local systems through a consultative process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11845-012-0809-6
Field of Research 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
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