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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Call for Research Proposals - Evaluation of the effect of IT on interactions between healthcare workers and patients

The NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme has an interesting call for proposals open at the moment. NHS CFHEP 010: Evaluation of the effect of IT on interactions between healthcare workers and patients is designed to "evaluate the effect of IT
on interactions between healthcare workers and patients...." and meet the "need to understand how different configurations of IT equipment and screen layouts may affect communication acceptability."

This area has long been an issue which has been perceived by some as a barrier to increased use of IT in healthcare delivery. It will be interesting to see the results in terms of IT arrangement and the effects of IT use on the time taken for consultations. It will be even more interesting to see if the results affect the perceptions and opinions of medical and other healthcare practitioners, who perceive that the use of IT in patient consultations may be seen as reducing their omnipotence & whether this may contribute to changes in medical paternalism.

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