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Friday, November 11, 2005

JMIR - What Is eHealth (5): A Research Agenda for eHealth Through Stakeholder Consultation and Policy Context Review

Journal of Medical Internet Research - What Is eHealth (5): A Research Agenda for eHealth Through Stakeholder Consultation and Policy Context Review

An interesting article by many of the UK's leading researchers in Health Informatics (Ray Jones, Ray Rogers, Jean Roberts, Lynne Callaghan, Laura Lindsey, John Campbell, Margaret Thorogood, Graham Wright, Nick Gaunt, Chris Hanks, Graham R Williamson) has just been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

It describes work undertaken to explore the concerns of stakeholders and to review relevant policy in order to produce recommendations and a conceptual map of eHealth research.

Their conclusions were that "Stakeholders would like eHealth research to include outcomes such as improved health or quality of life, but such research may be long term while changes in information technology are rapid. Longer-term research questions need to be concerned with human behavior and our use of information, rather than particular technologies. In some cases, “modelling” longer-term costs and benefits (in terms of health) may be desirable."

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