Protocol-based computer reminders, the quality of care and the non-perfectability of man.

@article{McDonald1976ProtocolbasedCR,
  title={Protocol-based computer reminders, the quality of care and the non-perfectability of man.},
  author={Clement J. McDonald},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1976},
  volume={295 24},
  pages={1351-5}
}
To determine whether clinical errors can be reduced by prospective computer suggestions about the management of simple clinical events, I studied the responses of nine physicians to computer suggestions generated by 390 protocols in a controlled crossover design. These protocols dealt primarily with conditions managed (e.g., elevated blood pressure) or caused (e.g., liver toxicity) by drugs. Physicians responded to 51 per cent of 327 events when given, and 22 per cent of 385 events when not… CONTINUE READING
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