Using the Electronic Health Record in Nursing Research: Challenges and Opportunities.

Academic Article


  • Changes in the patient record from the paper to the electronic health record format present challenges and opportunities for the nurse researcher. Current use of data from the electronic health record is in a state of flux. Novel data analytic techniques and massive data sets provide new opportunities for nursing science. Realization of a strong electronic data output future relies on meeting challenges of system use and operability, data presentation, and privacy. Nurse researchers need to rethink aspects of proposal development. Joining ongoing national efforts aimed at creating usable data output is encouraged as a means to affect system design. Working to address challenges and embrace opportunities will help grow the science in a way that answers important patient care questions.
  • Authors

  • Samuels, Joanne G
  • McGrath, Robert
  • Fetzer, Susan J
  • Mittal, Prashant
  • Bourgoine, Derek
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2015
  • Published In


  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research
  • Research Design
  • Statistics as Topic
  • big data
  • data
  • data analysis
  • data mining
  • data privacy
  • documentation
  • electronic health record
  • electronic medical record
  • nursing research
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 25819698
  • Start Page

  • 1284
  • End Page

  • 1294
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 10