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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jeffery, Alvin Dean
URN etd-03092017-125019
Title Statistical Modeling Approaches and User-Centered Design for Nursing Decision Support Tools Predicting In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Arrest
Degree PhD
Department Nursing Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lorraine C. Mion Committee Chair
Betsy Kennedy Committee Member
Laurie L. Novak Committee Member
Mary S. Dietrich Committee Member
  • nursing
  • user-centered design
  • decision support
  • predictive analytics
  • clinical deterioration
Date of Defense 2017-03-01
Availability unrestricted
The objective of this dissertation was to explore strategies for the design and statistical development of probability-based nursing decision support tools within the context of in- hospital cardiopulmonary arrest (IHCPA).

A descriptive phenomenological study of 18 nurses explored information-gathering activities related to IHCPA to understand how probability-based clinical decision support (PB- CDS) tools might best be implemented. Fifteen individual interviews and a focus group revealed Patient, Other People, and Technology information sources with information gathered in no consistent order. Participants expressed they: (a) search additional sources during uncertainty, (b) prefer being prepared for worst-case scenarios regardless of projections, and (c) desire more detailed probability-based information, such as hourly predicted values. The words probability, risk, and uncertainty were used interchangeably by participants and did not appear to have consistent, intrinsic meanings.

We then compared two statistical modeling strategies (logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards regression) and two machine learning strategies (random forest and random survival forest) for IHCPA with respect to prediction accuracy and interpretability. We used a retrospective cohort study with prediction model development from de-identified electronic health records at an urban, academic medical center. Although the classification models had greater statistical recall and precision (F1 scores ranging 0.27-0.33 versus 0.19-0.26), the time-to-event models provided predictions that might better indicate to nurses and other clinicians whether and when a patient is likely to experience an IHCPA.

Participatory design sessions with bedside nurses, charge nurses, and rapid response team nurses (n=20) identified preferred design considerations for an IHCPA PB-CDS tool. Themes focused on "painting a picture" of the patient condition over time, promoting empowerment and autonomy, and alignment of probability information with what a nurse already believes about the patient. The most notable design element consideration included visualizing a temporal trend of the predicted probability of the outcome along with user-selected overlapping depictions of vital signs, laboratory values, and outcome-related treatments and interventions.

These studies serve as a foundation for designing and developing future PB-CDS tools intended to aid nurses because they provide insight on current cognitive and physical workflows for IHCPA recognition while seeking to create tools that support, rather than interrupt nurses’ work.

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