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Implementing standardized provider documentation in a tertiary epilepsy clinic: supplemental material

Citation

J.S. Jones, Felipe et al. (2020), Implementing standardized provider documentation in a tertiary epilepsy clinic: supplemental material, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.qv9s4mw9p

Abstract

Objective: To incorporate standardized documentation into an epilepsy clinic and use these standardized data to compare patients’ perception of epilepsy diagnosis to provider documentation.

Methods: Using quality improvement methodology, we implemented interventions to increase documentation of epilepsy diagnosis, seizure frequency and type from 49.8% to 70% of adult non-employee patients seen by six providers over five months of routine clinical care. The main intervention consisted of an interactive SmartPhrase that mirrored a documentation template developed by the Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System. We assessed the weekly proportion of complete SmartPhrases among eligible patient-encounters with a statistical process control chart. We used a subset of patients with established epilepsy care linked to existing patient-reported survey data to examine the proportion of patient-to-provider agreement on epilepsy diagnosis (yes vs no/unsure). We also examined socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients who disagreed vs agreed with provider’s documentation of epilepsy diagnosis.

Results: The median SmartPhrase weekly completion rate was 78%. Established patients disagreed with providers with respect to epilepsy diagnosis in 18.5% of encounters (κ = 0.13), indicating that they did not have, or were unsure if they had, epilepsy despite having a provider-documented epilepsy diagnosis. Patients who disagreed with providers were similar to those who agreed with respect to age, sex, ethnicity, marital status, seizure frequency, type, and other quality of life measures.

Conclusions: This project supports the feasibility of implementing standardized documentation of data relevant to epilepsy care in a tertiary epilepsy clinic and highlights an opportunity for improvement in patient-provider communication.

Funding

National Institutes of Health, Award: 1K08AG053380-01A1