Toolkit for best practice use of electronic health record data in quality improvement

Courtney Omary, Michelle Cox-Henley, Vicki Stover Hertzberg, John N. Cranmer, Roy L. Simpson

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This project piloted an educational intervention focused on use and management of EHR data by Doctor of Nursing Practice students in quality improvement initiatives. Recommendations from academic and clinical nursing promote the integration of EHR data findings into practice. Nursing's general lack of understanding about how to use and manage data is a barrier to using EHR data to guide quality improvement initiatives. Doctor of Nursing Practice students at a hospital-affiliated university participated in a pre-test, training, and post-test through an online learning management system. Training content and assessments focused on data and planning for its use in quality improvement initiatives. Sixteen students experienced a median of 17.6% increase in scores after completing the post-test. There was a statistically significant increase in scores between the pre-test and post-test (P = .0006). These results suggest educational content included in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Quality Improvement Toolkit increases knowledge about use and management of EHR data. Future considerations include use for educating a variety of students and healthcare staff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-928
Number of pages8
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 25 2021


  • Doctor of nursing practice
  • EHR
  • Quality improvement
  • Secondary data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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