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Title: Thought Leader Perspectives on the Benefits, Barriers, and Enablers for Routinely Collected Electronic Health Data to Support Professional Development: Qualitative Study.
Authors: Bucalon B
Whitelock-Wainwright E
Williams C
Conley J
Veysey M
Kay J
Shaw T
Citation: ┬ęBernard Bucalon, Emma Whitelock-Wainwright, Chris Williams, Jeanette Conley, Martin Veysey, Judy Kay, Tim Shaw. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (, 16.02.2023.
J Med Internet Res. 2023 Feb 16;25:e40685. doi: 10.2196/40685.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Hospitals routinely collect large amounts of administrative data such as length of stay, 28-day readmissions, and hospital-acquired complications; yet, these data are underused for continuing professional development (CPD). First, these clinical indicators are rarely reviewed outside of existing quality and safety reporting. Second, many medical specialists view their CPD requirements as time-consuming, having minimal impact on practice change and improving patient outcomes. There is an opportunity to build new user interfaces based on these data, designed to support individual and group reflection. Data-informed reflective practice has the potential to generate new insights about performance, bridging the gap between CPD and clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to understand why routinely collected administrative data have not yet become widely used to support reflective practice and lifelong learning. METHODS: We conducted semistructured interviews (N=19) with thought leaders from a range of backgrounds, including clinicians, surgeons, chief medical officers, information and communications technology professionals, informaticians, researchers, and leaders from related industries. Interviews were thematically analyzed by 2 independent coders. RESULTS: Respondents identified visibility of outcomes, peer comparison, group reflective discussions, and practice change as potential benefits. The key barriers included legacy technology, distrust with data quality, privacy, data misinterpretation, and team culture. Respondents suggested recruiting local champions for co-design, presenting data for understanding rather than information, coaching by specialty group leaders, and timely reflection linked to CPD as enablers to successful implementation. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, there was consensus among thought leaders, bringing together insights from diverse backgrounds and medical jurisdictions. We found that clinicians are interested in repurposing administrative data for professional development despite concerns with underlying data quality, privacy, legacy technology, and visual presentation. They prefer group reflection led by supportive specialty group leaders, rather than individual reflection. Our findings provide novel insights into the specific benefits, barriers, and benefits of potential reflective practice interfaces based on these data sets. They can inform the design of new models of in-hospital reflection linked to the annual CPD planning-recording-reflection cycle.
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Journal title: Journal of medical Internet research
Volume: 25
Pages: e40685
Publication Date: 2023-02-16
Type: Journal Article
Journal Article
DOI: 10.2196/40685
Orcid: 0000-0001-5528-781X
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