Mobile devices loaded with a custom app prompting clinicians to follow evidence-based guidelines makes nurses significantly more likely to identify health issues such as obesity, smoking, and depression during routine exams.
That is the finding of a study from the Columbia University School of Nursing published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. The study evaluated diagnosis rates for tobacco use, adult and pediatric depression, and obesity during 34,349 patient exams conducted by 363 registered nurses enrolled in nurse practitioner programs at Columbia. Students were randomly assigned to use mobile apps with or without decision support for guideline-based care.
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