DoD awards Nemours grant to study physician loss of clinical skills

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded leading pediatric health system Nemours a $3.9 million grant to evaluate how physicians maintain their clinical skills and continuity of care when they return to domestic medical practice after long deployments. The study will use Nemours' electronic health record system to look for patterns and assess how the frequency with which physicians treat a medical condition influences their care decisions in comparison to best practice guidelines. Past studies have shown that after a long deployment physicians may exhibit some loss of their clinical skills. The DoD hopes to use the EHRs' data analytics to test ways of reducing this effect. Announcement