Developing a mobile device to record mental health inpatient data

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On inpatient mental health wards, recording accurate and up-to-date patient observations is crucial. This is traditionally done using paper records, but the use of mobile and virtual technologies has the potential to significantly improve the system. South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust piloted the use of an electronic handheld device to record patients’ whereabouts and arousal levels on its inpatient unit for adults with autism. An audit and focus group interviews with nursing staff were conducted to assess feasibility. This article describes the nurse-led initiative, highlighting key recommendations with the aim of encouraging others to develop similar improvement projects using new technologies.Citation Killikelly C et al (2017) Development of a mobile device to record mental health inpatient data. Nursing Times [online]; 113: 8, 53–56.In this article…• Potential for mobile technology to improve mental healthcare• Feasibility data to include when auditing the use of a mobile device• Recommendations for developing a small-scale technology project

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