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Investigating the Role of Clinical Dashboards in Improving Nursing Care: A Systematic Review

Fatemeh Salehi, Gholamreza Moradi, Masoud Setodefar, Mohammad Reza Mazaheri Habibi



Introduction: Advances and increasing technology adoption in the field of health have made it possible to implement tools such as clinical dashboards to assist nursing staff in providing better, more effective and safer care. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of clinical dashboards in providing nursing care.

Material and Methods: This was a review study. For this purpose, the keywords Nursing, Nursing care, Clinical Dashboard, Health Dashboard, Evaluation were searched in the database of PubMed, Google Scholar, science direct. Criteria for inclusion in this study were studies that examined the role of clinical dashboards in the field of nursing and were published between 1990 and 2020. The necessary information was extracted using a researcher-made checklist and analyzed and reported in a descriptive manner.

Results: A total of 2749 articles were retrieved. After reviewing by title, abstract and keywords, 7 studies that had appropriate content validity were selected for the present study. The intensive care unit had the highest frequency of dashboard use in nursing processes (n=3, 42%). The findings of this study showed that improving the quality of care, reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety are the most important benefits of using clinical dashboards in the field of nursing. Improving nurses' awareness of important patient issues and supporting clinical decisions were next in line.

Conclusion: Clinical dashboards in the field of nursing care can reduce errors and possible negligence in the treatment by integration patient information and providing a comprehensive visual view of important patient information and as a suitable tool for evidence-based clinical and nursing decision support.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30699/fhi.v10i1.308


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