Risk scores are widely used in healthcare, but their development and implementation do not usually involve input from practitioners and service users and carers (SU/C). This study from Dyson et al., published in BMJ Open contributes to the development of The Computer-Aided Risk Score (CARS) by eliciting views of staff and who provided important, often complex, insights to support the development and implementation of CARS to ensure successful implementation in routine clinical practice.
CARS estimates the risk of death following emergency admission to medical wards using routinely collected vital signs and blood test data. The aim of the study was to elicit the views of:
- Healthcare practitioners (staff) and service users and carers on the potential value, unintended consequences and concerns associated with CARS.
- Practitioner views on the issues to consider before embedding CARS into routine practice.