Enhancing Nurses Access for Care Quality and Knowledge through Technology (ENACQKT)

Although information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly available in the Caribbean, the health care culture tends toward traditional, paper-based, labour-intensive mechanisms. Increased use of ICTs could potentially facilitate point-of-care access to information and evidence-based decision-making regarding treatment. This project grew out of an earlier initiative (103687) that supported the use of a simple, proven ICT infrastructure and toolkit (personal digital assistant-PDA, wireless connectivity, relevant software) to address the clinical quality of care.

This project will continue introduction of the technology through a train-the-trainer mechanism in rural hospitals in Barbados, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Saint Lucia. Researchers will analyze the potential of the technology to help nurses respond to three of the main health challenges in the Caribbean: diabetes, hypertension and HIV AIDS. The project will also experiment with podcasting, which has the potential to bring relevant regional and general information to nurses using PDAs, and to provide nurses with the opportunity to create their own podcasts. It is anticipated that the intervention will result in improved patient outcomes over the course of the project.

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Start Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

End Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 1,249,768


North and Central America, South America, West Indies, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Saint Lucia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Pammla Petrucka


University of Saskatchewan

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