Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help?

Project summary RP.17.06

Health services are uniquely positioned to respond to women and children experiencing violence. This research has found that electronic alerts on patients’ health records may improve responses to children and pregnant women at risk of violence, abuse or neglect.

As part of the study, 180 NSW health workers were asked to assess the impact of “Child-at-Risk” alerts on the way they responded to children and pregnant women presenting through the health system. The alerts are applied to patients’ electronic medical records by staff who have identified and reported risks to child wellbeing.

Around three-quarters of study participants agreed or strongly agreed that the alerts helped improve health worker responses to at-risk clients.

Over one third of health workers surveyed reported that they had changed their approach to working with a patient after seeing an alert on a patient record. 

Researchers

Project lead

Ms Rosemaria Flaherty, Northern New South Wales Local Health District (Service-led & Early Career Researcher)

Research expertise

Prof Fiona Arney, University of South Australia

Priority populations

Women who live in rural and remote areas (as a focus).

Publications

Research report: Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help?

Research to policy & practice: Examining the power of Child-At-Risk electronic medical record (eMR) alerts to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns: Do child protection alerts help? Key findings and future directions

Resources

Poster: Examining the power of the eMR to share interpersonal violence, abuse and neglect concerns

Project length

< 1 year

Budget

$50,000