Is HealthPathways effective? An online survey of hospital clinicians, general practitioners and practice nurses

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Authors/contributors
Title
Is HealthPathways effective? An online survey of hospital clinicians, general practitioners and practice nurses
Abstract
AIM: An online survey was used to determine the perceptions of healthcare professionals in Canterbury on HealthPathways, a website that provides clinical and referral information for general practice teams, relevant to locally available health services and resources. METHOD: The survey questionnaire included questions on the effectiveness and ease-of-use of the website, computer literacy and use of online clinical guidance systems. Differences in the responses between work groups were analysed using the Mann-Whitney test. RESULTS: 249/480 (52%) of general practitioners, 72/156 (46%) of practice nurses, and 43/66 (65%) of hospital clinicians completed the questionnaire. Approximately 90-95% of general practice teams considered the website was easy to use and had contributed to both an increase and improvement of care in the community, with about 50% stating that it had improved their relationships with patients and hospital clinicians. Minor concerns included the website's increasing size and prescriptive nature and that it increased the duration of a patient consultation. Approximately 60% of hospital clinicians reported improvements in referral quality and triage and working relationships with general practices since the introduction of HealthPathways. CONCLUSION: HealthPathways has achieved a high level of acceptance in both primary and secondary care, and has therefore acted as a valuable change management tool increasing healthcare integration in Canterbury.
Publication
The New Zealand Medical Journal
Volume
128
Issue
1408
Pages
36-46
Date
Jan 30, 2015
Journal Abbr
N. Z. Med. J.
Language
eng
ISSN
1175-8716
Short Title
Is HealthPathways effective?
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PubMed
Extra
PMID: 25662377
Citation
McGeoch, G., McGeoch, P., & Shand, B. (2015). Is HealthPathways effective? An online survey of hospital clinicians, general practitioners and practice nurses. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1408), 36–46. https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/is-healthpathways-effective-an-online-survey-of-hospital-clinicians-general-practitioners-and-practice-nurses
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