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Kortteisto T.,University of Tampere | Komulainen J.,Finnish Medical Society Duodecim | Makela M.,Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare | Kunnamo I.,Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. | Kaila M.,University of Helsinki
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2012

Background: Health information technology, particularly electronic decision support systems, can reduce the existing gap between evidence-based knowledge and health care practice but professionals have to accept and use this information. Evidence is scant on which features influence the use of computer-based clinical decision support (eCDS) in primary care and how different professional groups experience it. Our aim was to describe specific reasons for using or not using eCDS among primary care professionals. Methods. The setting was a Finnish primary health care organization with 48 professionals receiving patient-specific guidance at the point of care. Multiple data (focus groups, questionnaire and spontaneous feedback) were analyzed using deductive content analysis and descriptive statistics. Results: The content of the guidance is a significant feature of the primary care professionals intention to use eCDS. The decisive reason for using or not using the eCDS is its perceived usefulness. Functional characteristics such as speed and ease of use are important but alone these are not enough. Specific information technology, professional, patient and environment features can help or hinder the use. Conclusions: Primary care professionals have to perceive eCDS guidance useful for their work before they use it. © 2012 Kortteisto et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Kortteisto T.,University of Tampere | Raitanen J.,University of Tampere | Raitanen J.,UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research | Komulainen J.,Finnish Medical Society Duodecim | And 5 more authors.
Implementation Science | Year: 2014

Background: 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.Methods: From July 2009 to October 2010 all the patients of one health center were randomized to an intervention or a control group. The intervention consisted of patient-specific reminders concerning 59 different health conditions triggered when the healthcare professional (HCP) opened and used the EPR. In the intervention group, the triggered reminders were shown to the HCP; in the control group, the triggered reminders were not shown. The primary outcome measure was the change in the number of reminders triggered over 12 months. We developed a unique data gathering method, the Repeated Study Virtual Health Check (RSVHC), and used Generalized Estimation Equations (GEE) for analysing the incidence rate ratio, which is a measure of the relative difference in percentage change in the numbers of reminders triggered in the intervention group and the control group.Results: In total, 13,588 participants were randomized and included. Contrary to our expectation, the total number of reminders triggered increased in both the intervention and the control groups. The primary outcome measure did not show a significant difference between the groups. However, with the inclusion of patients followed up over only six months, the total number of reminders increased significantly less in the intervention group than in the control group when the confounding factors (age, gender, number of diagnoses and medications) were controlled for.Conclusions: Computerized, tailored reminders in primary care did not decrease during the 12 months of follow-up time after the introduction of a patient-specific decision support system.Trial registration: ClinicalTrial.gov NCT00915304. © 2014 Kortteisto et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Loudon K.,University of Dundee | Santesso N.,McMaster University | Callaghan M.,A+ Network | Thornton J.,National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) | And 8 more authors.
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2014

Background: Clinical practice guidelines are typically written for healthcare providers but there is increasing interest in producing versions for the public, patients and carers. The main objective of this review is to identify and synthesise evidence of the public's attitudes towards clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based recommendations written for providers or the public, together with their awareness of guidelines. Methods. We included quantitative and qualitative studies of any design reporting on public, patient (and their carers) attitudes and awareness of guidelines written for providers or patients/public. We searched electronic databases including MEDLINE, PSYCHINFO, ERIC, ASSIA and the Cochrane Library from 2000 to 2012. We also searched relevant websites, reviewed citations and contacted experts in the field. At least two authors independently screened, abstracted data and assessed the quality of studies. We conducted a thematic analysis of first and second order themes and performed a separate narrative synthesis of patient and public awareness of guidelines. Results: We reviewed 5415 records and included 26 studies (10 qualitative studies, 13 cross sectional and 3 randomised controlled trials) involving 24 887 individuals. Studies were mostly good to fair quality. The thematic analysis resulted in four overarching themes: Applicability of guidelines; Purpose of guidelines for patient; Purpose of guidelines for health care system and physician; and Properties of guidelines. Overall, participants had mixed attitudes towards guidelines; some participants found them empowering but many saw them as a way of rationing care. Patients were also concerned that the information may not apply to their own health care situations. Awareness of guidelines ranged from 0-79%, with greater awareness in participants surveyed on national guideline websites. Conclusion: There are many factors, not only formatting, that may affect the uptake and use of guideline-derived material by the public. Producers need to make clear how the information is relevant to the reader and how it can be used to make healthcare improvements although there were problems with data quality. Awareness of guidelines is generally low and guideline producers cannot assume that the public has a more positive perception of their material than of alternative sources of health information. © 2014 Loudon et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Ahola T.L.,Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare | Kantola I.M.,University of Turku | Puukka P.,Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare | Kattainen A.,Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. | And 3 more authors.
European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation | Year: 2010

AIM: To assess the changes in the utilization of antihypertensive, and lipid-lowering drugs among all adult Finnish coronary heart disease (CHD) patients between 2000 and 2006, and to evaluate the treatment and control of hypertension and dyslipidemia in a population-based sample of CHD patients. Methods: From the databases of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, 192 440 CHD patients aged 30 years or more in 2000 and 206 394 in 2006, respectively, were identified. Changes in the utilization of antihypertensive and lipid-lowering drugs were determined. In addition, from the Health 2000 Survey representing the whole Finnish population aged 30 years or more, 527 CHD patients were identified, to assess their characteristics and control of hypertension and dyslipidemia. Results: Between the fall of 2000 and spring of 2001, 75% of the CHD patients were classified as hypertensives and 85% of these used antihypertensive medication. From 2000 to 2006, the utilization of lipid-lowering, and antihypertensive drugs increased from 33 to 52% and from 74 to 78%, respectively. Moreover, combination antihypertensive medication increased from 37 to 48%. Amidst the patients using antihypertensive drugs, the use of renin-angiotensin system blockers increased from 27 to 46% because of more than a three-fold increase in the use of angiotensin receptor blockers. Conclusion: Utilization of antihypertensive agents (especially angiotensin receptor blockers) and lipid-lowering drugs has increased remarkably by the end of 2006. However, the treatments are still far from optimal. © 2010 The European Society of Cardiology.

Moja L.,University of Milan | Moja L.,IRCCS Orthopedic Institute Galeazzi | Kwag K.H.,IRCCS Orthopedic Institute Galeazzi | Lytras T.,U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention | And 14 more authors.
American Journal of Public Health | Year: 2014

We systematically reviewed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing the effectiveness ofcomputerized decision support systems (CDSSs) featuring rule- or algorithm-based software integrated with electronic health records (EHRs) and evidence-based knowledge. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects. Information on system design, capabilities, acquisition, implementation context, and effects on mortality, morbidity, and economic outcomes were extracted. Twenty-eight RCTs were included. CDSS use did not affect mortality (16 trials, 37395 patients; 2282 deaths; risk ratio [RR] = 0.96; 95%confidence interval [CI] = 0.85, 1.08; I2 = 41%).Astatistically significant effect was evident in the prevention ofmorbidity, any disease (9 RCTs; 13868 patients;RR = 0.82; 95% CI = 0.68, 0.99; I2 = 64%), but selectiveoutcomereporting or publication bias cannot be excluded. We observed differences for costs and health service utilization, although these were often small in magnitude. Across clinical settings, new generation CDSSs integrated with EHRs do not affect mortality and might moderately improvemorbidity outcomes. © 2013 American Public Health Association.

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