Computerized Patient Questionnaires May Do Better Job Gathering Info Than Doctors

Posted On : January 6, 2015,   Time : 12:29 pm

A computer system performed a better job at gathering relevant information from patients than individual physicians, according to a new study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

According to the study, 75 Los Angeles-area patients with gastrointestinal symptoms were identified and ask to discuss their symptoms either directly with physicians or through a special computer-generated questionnaire that used an algorithm to generate a narrative for physicians.

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The computer-generated narratives were then compared to the narratives compiled by the physicians. The researchers concluded that the computer-generated narratives contained more relevant and clearer information.

“The computer-generated narratives were of higher quality overall,” said Christopher V. Almario, M.D., a gastroenterology fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a lead author of the study.

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Read the American Journal of Gastroenterology study abstract here.

 

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