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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9836


Title: Design and Evaluation in eHealth: Challenges and Implications for an Interdisciplinary Field
Authors: Pagliari, Claudia
Keywords: Viewpoint
Medical informatics
software development
evaluation
interdisciplinarity
Issue Date: 27-May-2007
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Claudia Pagliari. Design and Evaluation in eHealth: Challenges and Implications for an Interdisciplinary Field. J Med Internet Res 2007;9(2):e15 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2007/2/e15/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2007/2/e15/ ] : Much has been written about insufficient user involvement in the design of eHealth applications, the lack of evidence demonstrating impact, and the difficulties these bring for adoption. Part of the problem lies in the differing languages, cultures, motives, and operational constraints of producers and evaluators of eHealth systems and services. This paper reflects on the benefits of and barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration in eHealth, focusing particularly on the relationship between software developers and health services researchers. It argues that the common pattern of silo or parallel working may be ameliorated by developing mutual awareness and respect for each others’ methods, epistemologies, and contextual drivers and by recognizing and harnessing potential synergies. Similarities and differences between models and techniques used in both communities are highlighted in order to illustrate the potential for integrated approaches and the strengths of unique paradigms. By sharing information about our research approaches and seeking to actively collaborate in the process of design and evaluation, the aim of achieving technologies that are truly user-informed, fit for context, high quality, and of demonstrated value is more likely to be realized. This may involve embracing new ways of working jointly that are unfamiliar to the stakeholders involved and that challenge disciplinary conventions. It also has policy implications for agencies commissioning research and development in this area.
Description: Reviewer: Ammenwerth, Elske
Reviewer: Aarts, Jos
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.9.2.e15
http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9836
ISSN: 1438-8871
Rights: © Claudia Pagliari. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org, 27.05.2007). Except where otherwise noted, articles published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, including full bibliographic details and the URL (see "please cite as" above), and this statement is included.
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