Digital Health Technology

Improving Nurse-Physician Communications to Reduce Medication Errors Using Digital Technologies

Nursing research has documented tensions in nurse/physician relationships and problematic communications between nurses and physicians. Medication errors are one of the most common types of adverse patient events: It is thought that some medication errors may be due to problematic nurse/physician communications but little research has been undertaken into this subject. Nurse/physician communication regarding medications is increasingly performed through electronic medical records. Some research is showing adverse consequences to patient safety of some medication-related digital technologies. Little research has examined the impact on nurse physician communications. The proposed research will study the safety risks and the opportunities to improve nurse-physician communications to reduce medication errors using digital technologies.