Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27905
Title: The challenges of researching drug-related emergency department presentations using reviews of medical charts
Contributor(s): Jones, Rikki  (author)orcid ; Woods, Cindy  (author)orcid ; Usher, Kim  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-12
Early Online Version: 2018-11
DOI: 10.7748/nr.2018.e1614
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27905
Abstract: Background: Health research through review of medical charts is a useful way to understand presentations related to the effects and burden of illness, disease and substance misuse. However, the design and methods used in studies can affect their validity and reliability. It is therefore vital to ensure a strong study design and to use appropriate methodologies. Aim: To highlight some of the challenges nurse researchers face when designing and conducting research using reviews of medical charts. Discussion: This paper provides an approach for conducting research using retrospective reviews of charts and potential solutions to inherent challenges involved in such reviews. Using a systematic and scientific approach can maximise the benefits, minimise the limitations, and improve the rigour and impact of nursing research. Conclusion: This paper advances methodological discourse about the challenges inherent when using medical charts for data collection. Despite the inherent challenges, medical charts are an important source of information about injury, disease and substance misuse. Implications for practice: Nursing staff may face challenges when conducting research using patient medical charts. The quality of data abstracted from medical charts is affected by the data abstraction process used as well as the quality and accuracy of clinical documentation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nurse Researcher, 26(3), p. 27-31
Publisher: RCNi
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2047-8992
1351-5578
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111005 Mental Health Nursing
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420504 Mental health nursing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920210 Nursing
920414 Substance Abuse
929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200307 Nursing
200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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