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Mental Status Documentation: Information Quality and Data Processes.
Weir C, Gibson B, Taft T, Slager S, Lewis L, Staggers N. Mental Status Documentation: Information Quality and Data Processes. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium. 2017 Feb 10; 2016:1219-1228.
Delirium is a fluctuating disturbance of cognition and/or consciousness associated with poor outcomes. Caring for patients with delirium requires integration of disparate information across clinicians, settings and time. The goal of this project was to characterize the information processes involved in nurses'' assessment, documentation, decisionmaking and communication regarding patients'' mental status in the inpatient setting. VA nurse managers of medical wards (n = 18) were systematically selected across the US. A semi-structured telephone interview focused on current assessment, documentation, and communication processes, as well as clinical and administrative decision-making was conducted, audio-recorded and transcribed. A thematic analytic approach was used. Five themes emerged: 1) Fuzzy Concepts, 2) Grey Data, 3) Process Variability 4) Context is Critical and 5) Goal Conflict. This project describes the vague and variable information processes related to delirium and mental status that undermine effective risk, prevention, identification, communication and mitigation of harm.