What does the use of a computerized checklist mean for patient-centered care? The example of a routine diabetes review

Qual Health Res. 2006 Mar;16(3):353-76. doi: 10.1177/1049732305282396.


The authors examine the interaction between nurses and patients with type 2 diabetes during routine consultations in primary care settings in the United Kingdom. Through preconsultation interviews, the authors identified the patients' expectations. The article draws on videotaped consultations with 25 patients with type 2 diabetes. Using conversation analysis, the authors examine the use of a rigid agenda, imposed via a computerized checklist, and consider how far this is able to suppress the patient's agenda. They consider the potential impact for the patient and the factors that might encourage the clinician, and the nurse specifically, to adopt a narrowly task-based approach to the consultation. They identify two potentially conflicting strands within contemporary diabetes care, patient-centered practice and an emphasis on biomedical audit, and suggest that achievement of the former might be compromised by the demands of the latter.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Clinical Protocols*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods*