Electronic data collection by trainee anaesthetists using palm top computers

Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2000 Feb;17(2):91-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2346.2000.00608.x.


The Royal College of Anaesthetist requires that trainees wishing to specialise in Anaesthesia register with the College and keep a logbook documenting their experience and training in clinical anaesthesia. There are a number of advantages if such logbooks are kept in an electronic format. For the first time in the United Kingdom, we have evaluated the usefulness in a district general hospital of introducing a computerized system of record keeping based on a portable palm top computer. This has enabled the careful analysis of the individual work load of each trainee in the department by means of a specific program designed to generate a comprehensive report after the information from each individual has been downloaded on to a standard desk top computer. We have found a number of interesting and unexpected results and have highlighted ways in which the system may be improved.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology / education*
  • Anesthesiology / instrumentation
  • Cohort Studies
  • Databases as Topic
  • Electronic Data Processing / instrumentation*
  • Forms and Records Control / methods
  • Hospitals, District
  • Hospitals, General
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Microcomputers*
  • Records*
  • Software
  • United Kingdom
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Workload