Nurses' perceptions and attitudes towards new ADU technology and use

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Journal titleTechnology and Health Care
Pages4147; # of pages: 7
Subjectnew technology; healthcare; medication distribution
AbstractBACKGROUND: The introduction of a new technology in hospitals – Automated Dispensing Units (ADUs) –aims to contribute to more secure, safe, efficient and cost effective health services. Several studies highlight the beneficial effects of similar technologies as well as their cost-savings potential but there is little literature exploring nurses’ perceptions and attitudes towards technology acceptance and the impact on technology use in a healthcare unit. OBJECTIVE: This research aimed to explore nurses’ perceptions and attitudes towards current technology use on their units and towards the introduction of ADU technology and use with nursing staff in two different hospitals in South-East New-Brunswick, Canada. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were realized with the collaboration of nursing staff from two hospitals which were in urban and rural settings, prior to the introduction of ADUs in hospital wards. RESULTS: Findings in this study highlight the fact that missing medications (i.e., doses not available in cart) are inherently related to the completion of nursing staff’s medication distribution routine. Missing doses cause delays in medication delivery which may increase the occurrence of medication errors. Participants described current technology use as an intricate part of their routine. The latter is mainly utilized for patient monitoring and information retrieval. Overall, interview data indicated that ADU technology introduction is positively perceived by nursing staff particularly if the technology reduces missing doses events. CONCLUSIONS: Findings in this study underscore important concerns expressed by nursing staff regarding ADU technology integration into the current medication process and its impact on time management. Pre-implementation training and technical support were identified as important factors in facilitating technology acceptance and proper technology use.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; Information and Communication Technologies; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number21268091
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