Exploration of Electronic Patient Records for Wound Care Research

What are we doing?

Healthcare information technology has advanced over the past 20 years, bringing a number of different forms of electronic patient records (EPRs) into existence. There has been little previous exploration of how electronic wound care data is routinely collected in the community, what data are collected and how well the data can be used in analysis to address basic questions related to wound care. We aim to explore the use of electronic patient records within Greater Manchester community NHS trusts using a phased process. Our work has four main objectives:


  • To develop a community wound dataset.
  • To compare electronic wound care data collected by healthcare professionals (HCPs) in one Greater Manchester NHS Foundation Trust with the community wound dataset.
  • To broadly assess the quality of routinely collected electronic wound care data for its suitability for informing research.
  • To explore the opportunities and challenges for the HCPs across Greater Manchester and East Lancashire who maintain EPRs to document wound care.


Why is it important?

Complex wounds, which are mainly managed in the community by nurses (for example, tissue viability nurses or district nurses) and podiatrists, are highly prevalent, however the type and amount of electronic data collected to record wound care is varied and not well understood. By analysing current electronic data and exploring with nurses the opportunities and challenges of such data collection we hope to better understand: available data; the issues faced in its collection and how the data might be used for research.


How will we do it?

We will work in partnership with community services in Greater Manchester and East Lancashire to find out what systems are in use, how they are being used, highlight benefits and challenges and feedback to trusts to assist them in making decisions about future development. We will also collect anonymised wound care from one trust to assess its suitability for informing research.


Who we are working with?

  • Greater Manchester Connected Health Cities
  • University of Manchester/Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


More information

For more information please contact Alison Littlewood (Programme Manager) or Jo Dumville (Principle Investigator)

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