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Int J Nurs Stud. 2005 Sep;42(7):807-22.

Inter-organizational continuity of care and the electronic patient record: a concept development.

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Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1153 Blindern, NO-0318 Oslo, Norway. ragnhild.helleso@medisin.uio.no

Abstract

There is an expectation that the use of electronic patient records will contribute to continuity of care across organizations for the growing number of elderly and chronically ill people who need continuing nursing care after an episode of hospitalization. This article aims to explore the concept of inter-organizational continuity of care and to address the contribution, expectations and promises associated with the advent of the electronic patient record. A content analysis of the literature concerning concept development provided a model which indicates that inter-organizational continuity is a multidimensional concept, comprising individual and organizational perspectives with qualitative and quantitative properties.

PMID:
16019003
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2004.07.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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