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The Electronic Health Record's Impact on Labor and Delivery Nurses' Cognitive Work

Study Type/Phase: Qualitative using grounded theory methodology
Status: Closed to Enrollment

Despite recognition that the introduction of new technology can affect human performance and cognitive function, few studies have sought to understand the electronic health record’s (EHR’s) impact on clinicians’ cognitive work. Labor and delivery nurses face unique challenges when using the EHR since they also use and document in a fetal monitoring system that may not interface with the organization-level EHR.

The purpose of this study is to explore labor and delivery nurses' perceptions about how use of the EHR affects their cognitive work, with the goal of understanding related safety implications.

Participants for this study were recruited from the labor and delivery units of two community hospitals in the Western United States. 

Approximately 20-25 nurses were recruited for this study.

Speak with your doctor to determine whether you meet the following criteria for participation in this study.

Inclusion Criteria Exclusion Criteria
  • Labor and Delivery nurses who have 6 months experience working on designated unit and work an average of 16 hours per week
  • Nurses who are unable to converse in and read English


Principal Investigator

Audrey Lyndon, PhD (UCSF) and Kirsten Wisner, MS (UCSF)


Valerie Huwe, CNIII (El Camino Hospital)


This is an unfunded student project


Kirsten Wisner, MS, PhD Candidate


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