Date

March 2011

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

M.B.I.

Department

Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

Introduction: Ordering and delivering chemotherapy is a complex process that requires attention to detail. The number of steps involved and the required degree of coordination of staff members magnify the potential for errors. Computerized practitioner order entry with decision support has the potential to improve the efficiency and safety of the entire chemotherapy system. Methods: The process of chemotherapy ordering and delivery was evaluated at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children using primarily qualitative methods. Twenty-eight interviews were conducted with staff members with significant involvement in this process. These staff members included pharmacists, hematology/oncology nurses, and hematology/oncology practitioners. These interviews were recorded with a digital recorder and transcribed into 126 single spaced pages. The transcriptions were evaluated by grounded theory and then coded. Four focus groups were used to finalize ideas for workflow improvement. These focus

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4KP804T

Division

Div. of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research

School

School of Medicine

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