Perinatal data collection: does an eheath platform for data entry account for the needs of nurses and midwives in Queensland, Australia?
The objectives of this research project (currently in data collection) are to examine issues that contribute to midwives data entry specifically in relation to perinatal data. Across Queensland a state of Australia, midwives collect birth related population data via the perinatal data collection form either on paper, by computer or as an extract from a health information system. This data is then transferred to the perinatal data collection unit of Queensland Health who purport that "the quality of information produced from the perinatal data collection depends on the accurate, consistent and timely completion of the forms" (QHealth Perinatal Data Collection Unit 2010:201). The version of data submitted often differs from the medical record which means that the many and varied services that the perinatal data collection provides information for, funding, resource planning, research, education, are compromised.
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