Study: Patient-specific computer-based decision support in primary healthcare - a randomized trial (2014)
Kortteisto, Tiina; Raitanen, Jani; Komulainen, Jorma; Kunnamo, Ilkka; Mäkelä, Marjukka; Rissanen, Pekka; Kaila, Minna
University of Tampere
Computer-based decision support systems are a promising method for incorporating research evidence into clinical practice.
However, evidence is still scant on how such information technology solutions work in primary healthcare when support is provided across many health problems. In Finland, we designed a trial where a set of evidence-based, patient-specific reminders was introduced into the local Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system. The aim was to measure the effects of such reminders on patient care. The hypothesis was that the total number of triggered reminders would decrease in the intervention group compared with the control group, indicating an improvement in patient care