Medical record-keeping and patient perception of hospital care quality.
Int J Health Care Qual Assur. 2014;27(6):531-43
Authors: Dang VM, François P, Batailler P, Seigneurin A, Vittoz JP, Sellier E, Labarère J
PURPOSE: Medical record represents the main information support used by healthcare providers. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether patient perception of hospital care quality related to compliance with medical-record keeping.
DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The authors merged the original data collected as part of a nationwide audit of medical records with overall and subscale perception scores (range 0-100, with higher scores denoting better rating) computed for 191 respondents to a cross-sectional survey of patients discharged from a university hospital.
FINDINGS: The median overall patient perception score was 77 (25th-75th percentiles, 68-87) and differed according to the presence of discharge summary completed within eight days of discharge (81 v. 75, p = 0.03 after adjusting for baseline patient and hospital stay characteristics). No independent associations were found between patient perception scores and the documentation of pain assessment and nutritional disorder screening. Yet, medical record-keeping quality was independently associated with higher patient perception scores for the nurses' interpersonal and technical skills component.
RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS: First, this was a single-center study conducted in a large full-teaching hospital and the findings may not apply to other facilities. Second, the analysis might be underpowered to detect small but clinically significant differences in patient perception scores according to compliance with recording standards. Third, the authors could not investigate whether electronic medical record contributed to better compliance with recording standards and eventually higher patient perception scores.
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Because of the potential consequences of poor recording for patient safety, further efforts are warranted to improve the accuracy and completeness of documentation in medical records.
ORIGINALITY/VALUE: A modest relationship exists between the quality of medical-record keeping and patient perception of hospital care.
PMID: 25115055 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]