Table 2

Comparison between the completion of documentation of the post-take ward round before and after introduction of the acrostic

Pre-acrostic, 2010
N=50
pAPost-acrostic, 2011
N=50
pBPost-acrostic, 2013
N=100
pC
Problem42/8 (84%)0.01449/1 (98%)0.333*100/0 (100%)<0.001
Vital signs41/9 (82%)0.13746/4 (92%)0.004100/0 (100%)<0.001
Investigations performed10/28 (26%)<0.00123/9 (72%)0.07873/12 (85%)<0.001
Fluids16/34 (32%)<0.00137/13 (74%)0.0190/10 (90%)<0.001
Drugs13/37 (26%)<0.00138/12 (76%)0.12786/14 (86%)<0.005
Patient/parent concerns8/42 (16%)<0.00134/16 (72%)0.00986/14 (86%)<0.001
Nursing concerns2/48 (4%)<0.00124/26 (48%)0.10262/38 (62%)<0.001
Examination48/2 (96%)0.46447/3 (94%)0.013100/0 (100%)0.109*
Plan48/2 (96%)(–)48/2 (96%)0.109*100/0 (100%)0.109*
  • p Values by χ2 test or *Fisher's exact test.

  • pA, difference between before introduction of acrostic (2010) and after introduction (2011); pB, difference after introduction of acrostic (2011) and after introduction (2013); pC, difference between before introduction of acrostic (2010) and after introduction (2013).