Initial steps for integrating academic electronic health records into clinical curricula of physical and occupational therapy in the United States: a survey-based observational study

J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2022;19:24. doi: 10.3352/jeehp.2022.19.24. Epub 2022 Sep 2.


Training programs must be designed to prepare physical and occupational therapy students to use electronic health records (EHRs) and interprofessional collaboration. This report aims to describe physical and occupational therapy students’ perceptions of integrating an academic EHR (AEHR) in their problem-based learning (PBL) curricula in the College of Health Professions, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, the United States. A paper-based case approach to PBL was adapted by creating patient cases in an AEHR. Students were asked to complete chart reviews and review provider notes to enhance their learning. An online survey was conducted to determine their perceptions of using AEHR from May 2014 to August 2015. Eighty-five students completed the survey, and 88.1% felt that using an AEHR was needed, and 82.4% felt that the additional notes enhanced their understanding of the interdisciplinary team. However, 83.5% reported the AEHR system increased the time needed to extract meaningful information. Incorporating an AEHR into curricula is essential to ensure students are adequately prepared for future patient interactions.

Keywords: Curriculum; Electronic health records; Occupational therapy; Physical therapy; Problem-based learning.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States