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Clinician perceptions of My Health Record in mental health care: Medication management and sharing mental health information


Kariotis, TC and Harris, KM, Clinician perceptions of My Health Record in mental health care: Medication management and sharing mental health information, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25, (1) pp. 66-71. ISSN 1448-7527 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Journal compilation  La Trobe University 2019

DOI: doi:10.1071/PY17181


My Health Record (MHR) is a national personally controlled electronic health record, which is projected to be used by all Australian health professionals by 2022. It has also been proposed for use in mental health care, but there is limited information on how clinicians will successfully implement it. This study interviewed seven general practitioners and four psychologists in Tasmania, Australia. Participants were asked about information continuity and barriers and benefits to using My Health Record in mental health care. Thematic analysis identified two pertinent themes: Medication Management and Mental Health Information. Participants reported MHR could improve the quality and frequency of medication information shared between clinicians, but wanted additional medication-related alert features. Mental health information issues were broad in scope and included concerns over sensitive data that might be accessed through MHR and completeness of information. Participants also reported barriers to MHR use, including time burdens and privacy and confidentiality concerns. My Health Record used in mental health care may improve the timely sharing of medication-related information, but clinicians' concerns regarding the sharing of patients' highly sensitive mental health information need to be addressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kariotis, TC (Mr Timothy Kariotis)
UTAS Author:Harris, KM (Dr Keith Harris)
ID Code:134171
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-08-01
Last Modified:2020-07-30

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