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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF PORTABLE COMPUTERS ON THE MANAGEMENT OF LOWER LEG ULCERS IN A HOME CARE SETTING

  • Author / Creator
    Tapper, Lloyd L
  • Portable computers, including handheld computers and laptop computers, are being implemented in home care as a means to deliver high quality, cost effective care. However, limited evidence exists to support assertions regarding the impact of portable computers on health system outcomes. The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to assess the impact of portable computers on the use of evidence based practice, client outcomes, and on the cost of care when use by home care nurses to manage clients with lower leg venous ulcers. A comparison of paper based documentation collected at Location 1(paper) with electronic documentation collected at Location 2(EMR) indicated that use of the technology may improve the use of evidence based practice and may reduce the cost of care. The use of a conceptual framework proposed by Powell-Cope, Nelson and Patterson (2008) to guide the implementation of portable technology in a health care setting is recommended.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3G15TJ11
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Williams, Beverly (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Ross, Carolyn (Faculty of Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Williams, Beverly (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Hannah, Kathryn (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Ross, Carolyn (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Olsen, Joanne (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Lasiuk, Gerri (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Day, Rene (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Searles,Gorden (Faculty of Medicine)