Physician response to computer reminders

JAMA. 1980 Oct 3;244(14):1579-81.


A computerized medical record system was designed to detect and remind the responsible clinician about clinical events that might need corrective action. These reminders significantly increased the clinician response rate (in terms of test orders and treatment changes) to the events in question. The addition of relevant medical literature citations to the reminders did not significantly change the clinician response rate as compared with that with reminders alone, nor did it stimulate the physicians to read any of the cited articles kept in an immediately available "library" of reprints.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Computers*
  • Decision Making
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Humans
  • Indiana
  • Medical Records / standards*
  • Medication Errors
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital*