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Developing nurse-friendly digital technology can enhance its use in healthcare
  1. Sumeeta Kapoor,
  2. Lynn Acheson
  1. Acute Pain Services, Department of Anesthesia, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Sumeeta Kapoor, Acute Pain Services, Department of Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; sumeeta.kapoor{at}

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Commentary on: Brown et al. Issues affecting nurses’ capability to use digital technology at work: An integrative review. J of Clin Nurs. 2020; 29:2801–2809

Implications for practice and research

  • Technology experts, policy-makers and health managers should engage nurses while developing and implementing digital technology in healthcare.

  • Nurse-friendly digital technology and automation should be factored in future research.


Digital technology is increasingly used in healthcare for assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision-making, communications, care planning, and direct patient care.1 Nurses’ proficiency in the digital technology is critical in a dynamic healthcare environment.2 3 As a result, nurses are expected to adapt to new technology at an unprecedented pace.1 2 Brown et al’s integrative review illuminated factors that influence nurses’ ability to learn and use digital technology.3


Brown et al completed a systematic search of academic literature in 2019 and included studies from 10 …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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