Electronic Health Record Template Improves Quality and Delivery of Healthcare for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

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Burns, Colleen
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Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursing , Electronic Health Records , Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 , Diabetes Education
The goal of this project was to determine if a primary care-based quality improvement project could enhance provider documentation reflecting national guidelines of care through the use of a charting template and improve quality of care through identification of appropriate community resources for patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). Objective: The primary outcome measure was increased documentation of key aspects of T2DM care management using the charting template. The secondary outcome measure was the utilization of community resources to aid in patient care management. Methods: This project was a 3-month prospective, mixed-method, quality improvement study that provided a charting template to increase charting of care management for patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Results: Participants in the study demonstrated significant improvement in documentation of necessary national standards of care management for patients with Type 2 Diabetes with the use of the charting template during the 3-month implementation period. Conclusions: Full utilization of the electronic health record to streamline care and increase provider compliance with charting is possible through the creation of charting templates for patients with T2DM. Implications for Nursing: Gaps in care of patients with T2DM can be filled through provider utilization of templates within EHR formulated based on national standards of care.