Problem oriented medical records: their impact on staff communication, attitudes and decision making.
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A comparative, two-stage between hospital study involving university rehabilitation centers was undertaken to evaluate the impact of the problem oriented medical record (POMR) on staff communication, attitude change and decision making. Staff characteristics varied from one center to another. The semantic differential component of the project did not reveal any change due to the POMR in the staff perception of the medical record, the health care team or the various health professions. However, team function with respect to the management of specific patients improved in the centers which implemented the POMR during the time period of the project.
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