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AnteayerCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Effect of Health Education via Mobile Application in Promoting Quality of Life Among Asthmatic Schoolchildren in Urban Malaysia During the COVID-19 Era: A Quasi-experimental Study

imageBronchial asthma among children is a common chronic disease that may impact quality of life. Health education is one of the strategies to improve knowledge and quality of life. This study aims to assess the effect of health education via a mobile application in promoting the quality of life among schoolchildren with asthma in urban Malaysia during the COVID-19 era. A quasi-experimental, pre- and post-intervention design was used in this study involving a total of 214 students, randomly assigned into two groups (an intervention group and a control group). The control group received face-to-face health education, whereas the experimental group received health education via a mobile application. The findings showed that the total score of quality of life improved from a mean total score at pre-intervention of 5.31 ± 1.27 to post-intervention of 5.66 ± 1.28 for the control group, compared with the experimental group with a mean total score of quality of life at pre-intervention of 5.01 ± 1.36 and post-intervention of 5.85 ± 1.29. A comparison between the experimental and control groups using an independent t test showed statistically significant differences in their mean quality of life scores. The effect of health education via a mobile application showed a statistically significant improvement in the mean quality of life score from pre- to post-intervention (F1,288 = 57.46, P

Expanding the Informatics Competencies of Nurse Practitioners Through Online Learning

Por: Galacio · Brian
imageNurse practitioners' informatics competencies are not well-understood. Limited evidence alludes to the potential need to improve the informatics competencies of nurse practitioners. The primary purpose of this study was to analyze the informatics competencies of nurse practitioners, including nurses training to become nurse practitioners, before and after completing an online learning module in nursing informatics. Six topics were covered in the investigator-developed learning module. A pretest-posttest, one-group, quasi-experimental design was used in the study. The link to the study was emailed to members of a local nurse practitioners' association in California and graduate nursing students at a public university in Missouri. The study was also shared on a professional networking Web site, LinkedIn. Data were collected from 15 nurse practitioners and two nurse practitioner students, using a demographic questionnaire and an 18-item self-assessment of informatics competency scale. A related-samples Sign test was conducted to compare the pretest and posttest scores. Statistically significant median increases (P = .001 to <.001 were found in five areas. findings suggest that the online learning module expanded participants competencies specific areas of informatics. results also provide an initial understanding nurse practitioners informatics and inform future iterations study.>

Effortlessness and Security: Nurses' Positive Experiences With Work-Related Information Technology Use

imageNurses' well-being at work has been an increasing concern the past few years, in particular in connection with work-related information technology use. Researchers have thus been called to explore ways of fostering nurses' well-being at work. However, little is known about the factors related to information technology that contribute to nurses' positive experience of and well-being at work. In this study, we sought to understand the appraisals and emotions at the core of nurses' positive experiences with information technology use at work. We conducted focus groups and semistructured interviews with 15 ward nurses working at a large Swedish hospital. The data were analyzed qualitatively using process and causation coding. We found appraisals of easy goal accomplishment, doing less of a particular task, knowing what the situation is and what has to be done, mastering the system, reduced risk of mistakes and omissions, and assured access to patient information. Using design theory, we connected these appraisals with four positive emotions: joy, relief, confidence, and relaxation. These findings suggest that effortlessness and security are central to nurses' positive experience of information technology. Implementing information technology–related features and practices associated with them in healthcare organizations may foster nurses' well-being at work.

Cancer Survivors' Perspectives of Virtual Yoga for Chronic Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

imageWith the rise in telehealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic, further research is needed to determine how to optimize virtual delivery of existing integrative oncology interventions for cancer treatment–related symptoms. The purpose of this qualitative analysis was to explore cancer survivors' perspectives of the acceptability and satisfaction of an 8-week, virtual yoga intervention for cancer survivors with chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain. Fourteen participants with chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain who completed the virtual yoga intervention were interviewed using a semistructured interview guide. Themes were derived from the data using inductive content analysis methods. Main findings from the interviews included the following: (1) participants were willing to try new nonpharmacological treatments for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy due to the high symptom burden and prior lack of success with medications; (2) participants highly rated the flexibility offered by the virtual format, but desired the social support potentially offered by practicing in-person yoga; and (3) the impact of virtual yoga on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy severity was unclear. There were several barriers to participants' use of virtual yoga for chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain (eg, technology, lack of space/equipment). The results may be used to improve the design and delivery of future trials testing virtual yoga for chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain.

Tailored Parenting Plans of Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease or Sickle Cell Trait

imageOur study purpose was to evaluate the variation and accuracy of tailored parenting plans individually generated as a supplement to reproductive health education on the genetic inheritance of sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait. We present a secondary data analysis of experimental group data from a randomized controlled trial. Participants completed the valid and reliable Internet-based Sickle Cell Reproductive Health Knowledge Parenting Intent Questionnaire. We created a computerized algorithm that used participants' responses to generate tailored parenting plans based on their parenting preferences and partner's sickle cell status. Thirty-one different parenting plans were generated to meet the variety in the participants' preferences. The most frequently generated plan was for participants with sickle cell disease who had a partner with hemoglobin AA, who wanted to be a parent, was not likely to be pregnant, and wanted their child to be sickle cell disease free. More than half of the participants required alteration in their reproductive behavior to achieve their parenting goals. Findings provide insight into the variety and accuracy of computer algorithm–generated parenting plans, which could further guide refinement of the algorithm to produce patient-centered, tailored parenting plans supplemental to Internet-based genetic inheritance education.

Assessing the Financial Sustainability of High-Fidelity and Virtual Reality Simulation for Nursing Education: A Retrospective Case Analysis

imageTo stimulate classroom discussion and collaboration amid the COVID-19 pandemic, increasingly creative pedological methods for nursing education are necessary. Traditionally, high-fidelity simulation has been the standard for nursing education, but the use of virtual reality simulation is increasing. One of the major evaluative measures of simulation clinical training is the cost associated with each modality. In this retrospective case analysis, budget impact analysis methods were employed to compare high-fidelity simulation with virtual reality simulation. The components of each simulation pedagogy were compared in categorized cost buckets. Overall, virtual reality simulation education was determined to require 22% less time than high-fidelity simulation education. The cost associated with the virtual reality simulation was found to be 40% less expensive than the high-fidelity simulation. Our results demonstrate that virtual reality simulation is a financially advantageous, resource conscious pedagogical option for nursing education.

Usability Experience of a Personal Sleep Monitoring Device to Self-manage Sleep Among Persons 65 Years or Older With Self-reported Sleep Disturbances

imageIncreasingly, persons with self-reported health symptoms are using mobile health technologies to better understand, validate, and manage their symptoms. These off-the-shelf devices primarily utilize actigraphy to estimate sleep and activity. The purpose of this study was to describe qualitatively the experience of using a personal sleep monitoring device for sleep self-management in adults 65 years or older with self-reported sleep disturbances. This study followed a hybrid qualitative design using deductive and emergent coding derived from open-ended interviews (n = 25) after a period of 4 weeks using a wearable personal sleep monitoring device. Results expanded existing theoretical models on usability with the theme of personal meaning in the interaction between health and self-monitoring technology that were associated with age and technology use, privacy, and capability. Future studies for sleep health self-management and personally tailored interventions using personal sleep monitoring devices should continue to collect qualitative information in extending the understanding of user experience across different symptom clusters, such as sleep disturbances, that manifest more commonly in older age populations. This research is important for application in the use of mobile health technologies for nursing led health self-management interventions.

The Appearance of Digital Competence in the Work of Health Sciences Educators: A Cross-sectional Study

imageThe digital competence of health sciences educators is important for the delivery and development of modern education and lifelong learning. The aim of the study was to assess the appearance of digital competence in the work of Finnish health sciences educators and to determine whether educators' background factors are related to the areas of digital competence appearance. The European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators was used as a theoretical background. The participants were Finnish health sciences educators (n = 388). Data were collected by quantitative survey and statistically analyzed. Results show that health sciences educators had participated in continuing education to develop their expertise and used a variety of digital methods and materials. Educators need more competence to improve healthcare students' ability to use digital technology. In the area of Teaching and Learning, educators younger than 40 years rated the appearance of digital competence as better than did those between the ages of 40 and 49 years. In the future, health sciences educators' basic and continuing education could take into account the competence requirements for digital competence, and educators' expertise must be increased in areas where digital competence does not appear strong.

The Relationship Between Nursing Informatics Competency and Clinical Decision-Making Among Nurses in West Bank, Palestine

imageThis study aimed to examine the relationship between nursing informatics competencies and clinical decision-making by taking into account nurses' individual characteristics and job-related characteristics. A cross-sectional design was used. The cluster random sampling method was adopted to select 14 governmental hospitals in West Bank, Palestine, in which all nurses in these hospitals were invited to participate in this study. Results found that the total mean (SD) score for the nursing informatics competency scale was 2.6 (0.88), which indicates that the nurses had lower nursing informatics competency, and the informatics skills subscale had the lowest mean score (mean [SD], 2.4 [1.00]). Concerning clinical decision-making, the total mean (SD) score was 2.59 (0.38), which indicates that the nurses had lower clinical decision-making. Regarding clinical decision-making subscales, searching for information and unbiased assimilation of new information had the highest mean score (mean [SD], 2.64 [0.39]); on the contrary, the canvassing of objectives and values subscale had the lowest mean score (mean [SD], 2.53 [0.38]). Nursing informatics competency had a positive relationship with clinical decision-making. Thus, it is necessary to enhance nurses' informatics competency, especially informatics skills and clinical decision-making, by developing training programs about this technology directed to nurses.

Evaluation of Usability and Learning Motivation of e-Learning Courses for People With Chronic Kidney Disease

imageNurses need to increase patient education opportunities so that more people with chronic kidney disease can understand the disease accurately from its early stages. We developed an e-learning course based on the Dick and Carey system approach model and the attention, relevance, confidence, satisfaction model for people with chronic kidney disease. People with chronic kidney disease, on average, are aged around 50 to 60 years, and this population tends to lack perceived susceptibility toward and concern for the disease owing to the asymptomatic nature of early chronic kidney disease. Therefore, e-learning should be easy to use and motivate learning. This study aimed to evaluate the usability and learning motivation of this course. The participants included 10 outpatients (mean age, 51.2 years) with chronic kidney disease whose mastery percentage of learning objectives was compared by the knowledge tests immediately before and after the course. We also observed the participants' operation status and measured their motivation for using instructional materials with a questionnaire. The results demonstrated that this course facilitates independent operation, improves postcourse performance, and motivates participants in all areas of learning motivation. Thus, this e-learning course can be recommended as easy to use and motivating for people with chronic kidney disease.

A Comparison of Two Cross-Sectional Studies on Successful Model of Introducing Nursing Information System in a Regional Teaching Hospital in Taiwan

imageNursing information system introduction is an important measure for hospital nursing departments to promote the clinical practice of nursing with both efficiency and quality. A comparison of two cross-sectional study designs was adopted, and the information systems success model, as proposed by DeLone and McLean (2003), was used to explore the effectiveness of the six dimensions of system quality, information quality, service quality, use, user satisfaction, and net benefits at 6 and 12 months after the introduction launch of the nursing information system in hospitals. Multiple regression analysis was used across the two cross-sectional studies. The research results found that the nursing information system conformed to the information systems success model, and half a year to 1 year after the introduction of the nursing information system, use affected the nursing information system net benefits via the mediator variable of user satisfaction; however, the effect of full mediation changed to partial mediation effect with time. The research results can be used as a reference for hospitals and nursing administrators for the newly developed nursing information system.

Feasibility of Electronic Health Record Integration of a SMART Application to Facilitate Patient-Provider Communication for Medication Management

imageIncreased treatment complexity in patients with diabetes contributes to medication nonadherence. Patient portals that are accessible through electronic health records may offer improved patient-provider communication and better medication management in patients with diabetes and uncontrolled hypertension. We conducted a prospective, mixed-methods evaluation of the Duke PillBox application, a SMART-on-FHIR medication management application integrated into the electronic health record patient portal. Adults with active portal status, diabetes, and uncontrolled hypertension participated in a usability/feasibility survey and communicated with a pharmacist via the portal-based application who conducted medication reconciliation and discussed medication indications, side effects, and barriers to use with patients. Of the eligible patients (n = 285), 29 (10%) were interested, and 12 (8%) participated. Challenges to usability were due to the electronic health record–portal communication interface (91%), browser access and compatibility (55%), and persistent lists of unused medications in the electronic health record (27%). The findings of this study suggest that electronic health record–integrated medication applications are desirable as indicated in patient interactions at the outset and conclusion of the study. Persistent challenges included electronic health record integration, interoperability, user interface, and browser connectivity for both patients and providers.

The Effects of Smartphone Use on Life Satisfaction in Older Adults: The Mediating Role of Depressive Symptoms

imageAs the number of smartphone use by older adults increases, investigating the effects of smartphone use on health outcome become important in healthcare. This study aimed to investigate the effects of smartphone use on life satisfaction and the mediating role of depressive symptoms in older adults. This is a secondary data analysis study using the 2017 Korean Media Panel Survey. A total of 2071 respondents aged 65 years and older were analyzed to examine the effects of mobile phone type (no mobile phone/2G phone/smartphone) on life satisfaction. Among the respondents, data from 680 smartphone owners were analyzed to find the effects of the level of smartphone use on life satisfaction. The 2G mobile phone and smartphone owner groups showed significant positive effects on life satisfaction compared with the no mobile phone group, respectively. The level of smartphone use showed significant positive effects on life satisfaction. Depressive symptoms played a mediating role in both models. Smartphone use showed positive effects on life satisfaction in older adults. Nurses should promote the well-being of older adults and minimize the digital health gap in the future by increasing older adults' smartphone use through multi-level approaches.

Effect of Electronic Medical Record Quality on Nurses' Perceived Usefulness and Ease of Use

Por: Lee · Seonah
imageElectronic medical records have been adopted in Korean clinical settings for a few decades. However, there is a lack of studies on the quality, usefulness, and easy use of electronic medical records examined from the perspective of nurses. This study sought the effect of the system quality, information quality, and service quality of an electronic medical record on nurses' perceived usefulness and ease of use of the electronic medical record. A total of 278 nurses from four hospitals completed a self-administered questionnaire using a 5-point Likert scale. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and hierarchical multiple regression methods. The results showed that the system, information, and service quality of the electronic medical records explained 36.2% of the variance in perceived usefulness (F = 51.760, P