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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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Computers, Informatics, Nursing (CIN)

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DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000868


Quality discharge teaching prepares patients and families to transition safely from hospital to home. Technology can enhance and support quality discharge teaching by promoting patient family engagement during the transition. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to explore clinical nurses' experience with using Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge, an iPad application to guide quality discharge teaching. Twelve nurses at a large Midwestern Children's Hospital participated in small focus groups after use of the Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge application and completed a questionnaire on their perception of the acceptability and feasibility of the app. Findings revealed three themes: (1) development and deployment issues focused on the importance of training and support by the study team during implementation; (2) workflow integration centered on the importance of incorporating use of the app into current workflows and to preserve effective communication strategies with parents to optimize use in the healthcare setting; and (3) nurses perceived value in the use of the Engaging Parents in Education for Discharge app for beneficial scripting, questions on discharge topics often forgotten, and guidance for complex patients. Results of this study offer insight into key components for consideration when implementing and integrating technology to aid nursing practice.


Accepted version. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Vol. 40, No. 12 (December 2022): 848-855. DOI. © 2022 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Used with permission.

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