Quantitative Evaluation of the Effects of Computerisation on the Nursing Record

  • Zdenek Kumpel
  • Allen Davis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 16)


Two projects, one in Exeter and the other in Birmingham, have computerised the nursing orders section of the nursing record. Evaluation was carried out at both sites and covered both the situation before and after the introduction of the computer. Although the computer systems have been developed independently the evaluation has enabled the authors to draw conclusions about the effect of computerisation on the nursing record in general. The main effects of computerisation are:
  1. (a)

    The nursing record gives a more complete and more accurate picture of the patient’s needs.

  2. (b)

    Clinical condition of patients is assessed more readily and quickly.

  3. (c)

    The use of non-approved abbreviations has virtually been eradicated.

  4. (d)

    Computer based nursing orders take slightly longer to maintain. This is outweighed by their better quality as well as by a decrease in time spent on reporting.

  5. (e)

    A system similar to that in Exeter would require capital expenditure of some £10,000 per ward and over £2,900 per ward per annum to run.



Performance Criterion Hard Copy Nursing Record Reporting Application Record Maintenance 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. (1).
    Department of Health & Social Security, London, Performance Criteria Project Report, March 1978.Google Scholar
  2. (2).
    Ashton C., A Nursing Record System, Symposium on Computers in Health Care, (Sperry Univac), 15–17 May 1979.Google Scholar
  3. (3).
    Head A.E., Maintaining the Nursing Record with the Aid of a Computer, MEDCOMP 77, Berlin. ISBN 0 903796 16X, ONLINE 1977, Uxbridge, UK. pp 469–483.Google Scholar
  4. (4).
    Department of Health & Social Security, London, Handbook on the Measurement of Performance Criteria, June 1979.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zdenek Kumpel
    • 1
  • Allen Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Exeter Community Health Services Computer ProjectRoyal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford)Exeter, DevonUK
  2. 2.West Midlands Regional Health Authority, Norton CourtQueen Elizabeth Medical CentreEdgbaston, BirminghamUK

Personalised recommendations