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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Supervisor

Dr. Amardeep Thind

2nd Supervisor

Dr. Amanda Terry

Joint Supervisor

Abstract

Electronic Medical Records were first introduced in the 1970s to organize patient information, improve coordination of care, and improve communication. The purpose of this systematic review was to identify interventions aimed at improving EMR use in primary health care settings. Of 2,098 identified studies twelve were included in the review. Results showed that interventions focused on the use of EMR functions were five times more likely to show improvements in EMR use compared to controls. Interventions focused on data quality were five and a half times more likely to show improvements in EMR use compared to controls. Individuals in primary health care settings aiming to improve EMR use would benefit from implementing interventions focused on EMR feature add-ons, and provisions of educational materials, or financial incentives targeted at improving the use of EMR functions and data quality.


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