Personal digital assistants as point-of-care tools in long-term care facilities: A pilot study

Syeda S. Qadri, Jia Wang, Jorge G. Ruiz, Bernard A. Roos

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Abstract

This study used both survey and interview questionnaires. It was designed to assess the feasibility, usability, and utility of two point-of-care tools especially prepared with information relevant for dementia care by staff nurses in a small, a medium-sized, and a large nursing home in Florida. Twenty-five LPN or RN nurses were recruited for the study of their use of one of the toolseither a set of pocket cards (used by the control group) or a pocket PC (used by the experimental group). The findings of our study indicate that personal digital assistants (PDAs) can potentially improve long-term care clinicians' effectiveness and efficiency at work, resulting in better patient care for nursing home residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-307
Number of pages12
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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