Maintaining best practice in record-keeping and documentation

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Abstract

This article considers best practice in record-keeping and documentation in the light of recent public inquiries and reports, renewed national interest in record-keeping standards, and the challenge of moving from paper to electronic healthcare documentation and digital storage of data. The nature of the nurse-patient relationship is also changing, and should be reflected in nurses' record-keeping practices. Collaborative approaches to the planning and evaluation of care, and more emphasis on patients having a greater sense of ownership of information held about them should be reflected in nurses' and other healthcare professionals' attitudes and approaches to this aspect of practice.

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NS742 Beach J, Oates J (2014) Maintaining best practice in record-keeping and documentation.

Nursing Standard. 28, 36, 45-50. Date of submission: February 5 2014; date of acceptance: March 10 2014.

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