TitleAssistive Computing Devices: A Pilot Study to Explore Nurses' Preferences and Needs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMihailidis, A., L. Krones, and J. Boger
JournalCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Start Page328
Date Published12/2006
Keywordsassistive computing, nurses' needs, nurses' preferences

Healthcare errors among nurses are common because of the fast-paced work environment, in which extensive data must be analyzed and quick decision making is required. Assistive computing devices can help reduce nursing errors by providing timely access to client information and by assisting nurses with client monitoring, decision making, and bedside documentation. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine what assistive computing device features, functions, and input/output modalities nurses would find most useful as support for their nursing duties. Twenty nurses completed a questionnaire that examined their needs and preferences. Data analysis revealed a strong desire for capabilities related to facilitating information access and administering safe medication. The results of this study will be used to develop design criteria for an assistive computing device that will aim to improve the performance of nurses through appropriate information and data support.