Health care students experience of using digital technology in patient care: A scoping review of the literature.

Citation metadata

From: Nurse Education Today(Vol. 95)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report
Length: 463 words

Document controls

Main content

Abstract :

Keywords Clinical placement; Student experience; Digital capability; ICT; Nurse education Highlights * Digitalisation of health care has become a widespread practice. * Preparation and support are essential for using digital systems on placements. * Students feel a sense of belonging when provided with access to patient information. * Further support is required for students to integrate the use of technology during the patient encounter. Abstract Objectives To explore how undergraduate health care students use digital technology to deliver patient care during their clinical placements. Design A scoping review of primary research was conducted using the extended PRISMA guidelines. Data sources A subject specialist librarian assisted in searching for the academic literature in four electronic databases: CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus and ERIC. Review methods Four reviewers, working in pairs, independently reviewed a total of 332 potentially relevant articles according to set inclusion and exclusion criteria. Then, all included papers underwent an independent quality review by two reviewers. Results Seven studies involving medical or nursing/midwifery students were included in the review. Three studies evaluated the use of mobile learning devices in patient care with four studies evaluating the use of digital systems in practice. Due to the heterogeneity of studies, which used differing digital systems and instruments, the researchers decided the most suitable method of analysis was a narrative review. The results are explained using four key themes: student learning needs when using technology in practice; access to technology in placements; perceptions of using technology in placements; and impact of technology on patient care. Conclusion The use of digital systems in clinical settings creates challenges and benefits to student learning in delivering patient care. When students are prepared and facilitated to use digital systems, a sense of confidence and belonging to the team is fostered. Lack of availability and access to these systems, however, may impede students' ability to be involved in all aspects of patient care. Limitations of the current review included the relatively low quality of the educational research being conducted in this field of research. Further quality research is needed to explore how students in the health care professions are supported in digital environments and how higher education institutions are adapting their curricula to meet the digital learning needs of health care students. Author Affiliation: (a) School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, 97 Lisburn road, Belfast BT9 7BL, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (b) Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane 4072, Australia (c) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane 4072, Australia * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 18 April 2020; Revised 5 August 2020; Accepted 12 August 2020 Byline: Christine Brown Wilson [c.brownwilson@qub.ac.uk] (a,*), Christine Slade (b), Wai Yee Amy Wong (a), Ann Peacock (c)

Source Citation

Source Citation   

Gale Document Number: GALE|A640652642