'Doctors and the Development of Hospital Computer Systems: A Case Study'

  • Dent, M.P.
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The study was based on meetings and taped interviews with consultants, junior doctors and nursing staff, plus documentary evidence. The latter is not included in the records given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre, nor (with one exception) are the records of meetings, but the taped interviews have been deposited in full. The interviewees give pseudonyms rather than their actual names.



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1 box

Acquisition note

These records were deposited with the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (known as Archives and Manuscripts following its merger with Western Manuscripts in July 2000) by by Dr M P Dent via the Economic and Social Research Council Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre in March 1999 (Acc No 793).

Biographical note

From November 1982 to May 1985 the Economic and Social Research Council funded a study by Dr M P Dent of Staffordshire University School of Humanities and Social Sciences entitled 'Doctors and the Development of Hospital Computer Systems: a case study'. The study was conducted at an unnamed small acute hospital in Birmingham, and assessed the impact of a computer-based medical records system on the clinical work processes within an outpatient clinic, the decision-making processes involved, and the responses of the doctors to the computer system.

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

Papers of Professor T R Elliott (GC/42) on clinical record keeping in World War I.

Copyright note

Copyright assigned to Wellcome Collection, 24 March 2002 (i.e. 3 years after deposit).

Terms of use

Material may be consulted for research/teaching purposes, subject to the depositor being advised of its use; recontacting of informants prohibited without permission of depositor; users may quote unlimited text in any one single publication.

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  • 793