A study of clinical and information management processes in the surgical pre-assessment clinic - the experience of the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary preoperative clinic

Bouamrane, M.-M. and Mair, F. S. (2014) A study of clinical and information management processes in the surgical pre-assessment clinic - the experience of the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary preoperative clinic. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14(22), (doi:10.1186/1472-6947-14-22)

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Abstract

Background Establishing day-case surgery as the preferred hospital admission route for all eligible patients requires adequate preoperative assessment of patients in order to quickly distinguish those who will require minimum assessment and are suitable for day-case admission from those who will require more extensive management and will need to be admitted as inpatients.

Methods As part of a study to elucidate clinical and information management processes within the patient surgical pathway in NHS Scotland, we conducted a total of 10 in-depth semi-structured interviews during 4 visits to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary surgical pre-assessment clinic. We modelled clinical processes using process-mapping techniques and analysed interview data using qualitative methods. We used Normalisation Process Theory as a conceptual framework to interpret the factors which were identified as facilitating or hindering information elucidation tasks and communication within the multidisciplinary team.

Results The pre-assessment clinic of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary was opened in 2008 in response to clinical and workflow issues which had been identified with former patient management practices in the surgical pathway. The preoperative clinic now operates under well established processes and protocols. The use of a computerised system for managing preoperative documentation substantially transformed clinical practices and facilitates communication and information-sharing among the multidisciplinary team.

Conclusion Further concerted efforts from a range of stakeholders - including: primary care, the outpatient clinics, information technology services, the surgical wards and hospital management - are required to fully integrate preoperative assessment within the hospital and the health-board surgical care pathway. A substantial - yet unfulfilled - potential benefit in embedding information technology in routine use within the preoperative clinic would be to improve the reporting of surgical outcomes within the health-board.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mair, Professor Frances and Bouamrane, Dr Matt-Mouley
Authors: Bouamrane, M.-M., and Mair, F. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
ISSN:1472-6947
ISSN (Online):1472-6947
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 14(22)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
518342The use of Information and Communication Technology to integrate the preoperative assessment of patients awaiting surgery across primary and secondary care in ScotlandFrances MairScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)PDF/09/09IHW - GENERAL PRACTICE & PRIMARY CARE