The solution is the problem list

On the 11th of October, Eva Klappe successfully defended her thesis, and as she said: the solution really is the problem list.

A problem list is part of the electronic health record (EHR) and includes patients’ current and past medical conditions, diagnoses, and other health issues. Unfortunately, current problem lists remain incomplete and contain duplicate diagnoses or even wrong information. This could distract a provider, reduce efficiency, or potentially lead to inappropriate actions. The thesis of Eva Klappe shows that the problem list is a meaningful tool and provides significant direct benefits to the healthcare provider and to safety of patient care. However, we cannot rely on problem list data for (re)use due to several barriers. A combination of several interventions to improve the problem list usage is needed, which requires national regulations and significant effort from all stakeholders involved in patient care. Click here to learn more about this research.