Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University
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
Div. of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research
School of Medicine
Griffin, Gregory C., "An evaluation of the process of chemotheraphy ordering and delivery from the perspective of practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists at a children's hospital" (2011). Scholar Archive. 630.