Barriers for Hospital-Based Nurse Practitioners Utilizing Clinical Decision Support Systems: A Systematic Review
There is a national focus on the adoption of healthcare technology to improve the delivery of safe, efficient, and high-quality patient care. Nurse practitioners fulfill an emerging strategic role in the hospital setting. A comprehensive literature review focused on the question: What are the barriers for nurse practitioners utilizing clinical decision support in the hospital setting? Nine studies conducted from 2011 to 2017 were the basis for this review, which identified 13 barriers for nurse practitioners utilizing clinical decision support in the hospital. Having the right information, including up-to-date evidence-based practice guidelines, accurate clinical pathways, and current clinical algorithms, was the most common barrier. Providing reliable clinical decision support is crucial as nurse practitioners become more dependent on hospital technology systems in the delivery of safe patient care. Eliminating barriers to the use of clinical decision support is important for informaticists and nurse practitioners because both groups concentrate on acceptance of decision support systems in the hospital to meet the goal of safe and high-quality patient care.