Assessing the quality of electronic medical records as a platform for resident education

Hsuan Hung, Ling Ling Kueh, Chin Chung Tseng, Han Wei Huang, Shu Yen Wang, Yu Ning Hu, Pao Yen Lin, Jiun Ling Wang, Po Fan Chen, Ching Chuan Liu, Jun Neng Roan

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Background: Previous studies have assessed note quality and the use of electronic medical record (EMR) as a part of medical training. However, a generalized and user-friendly note quality assessment tool is required for quick clinical assessment. We held a medical record writing competition and developed a checklist for assessing the note quality of participants’ medical records. Using the checklist, this study aims to explore note quality between residents of different specialties and offer pedagogical implications. Methods: The authors created an inpatient checklist that examined fundamental EMR requirements through six note types and twenty items. A total of 149 records created by residents from 32 departments/stations were randomly selected. Seven senior physicians rated the EMRs using a checklist. Medical records were grouped as general medicine, surgery, paediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology, and other departments. The overall and group performances were analysed using analysis of variance (ANOVA). Results: Overall performance was rated as fair to good. Regarding the six note types, discharge notes (0.81) gained the highest scores, followed by admission notes (0.79), problem list (0.73), overall performance (0.73), progress notes (0.71), and weekly summaries (0.66). Among the five groups, other departments (80.20) had the highest total score, followed by obstetrics and gynaecology (78.02), paediatrics (77.47), general medicine (75.58), and surgery (73.92). Conclusions: This study suggested that duplication in medical notes and the documentation abilities of residents affect the quality of medical records in different departments. Further research is required to apply the insights obtained in this study to improve the quality of notes and, thereby, the effectiveness of resident training.

Original languageEnglish
Article number577
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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