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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Evaluating eHealth: How to make evaluation more methodologically robust

Evaluating eHealth: How to make evaluation more methodologically robust is a new paper just published by the Open Access Public Library of Science.

The authors point out the necessity for evaluation of eHealth computer systems and the difficulties such evaluation will encounter. "There is a consensus about the evaluation of clinical treatments, such as drugs, in which randomized control trials are state of the art," they say. "No such consensus exists yet for the evaluation of highly complex service interventions such as computer systems." The authors conclude that "multiple methods research" is necessary for eHealth systems evaluation: "Research commissioners and research teams need to recognize the importance of undertaking combined quantitative and qualitative work when evaluating IT systems."

It fits beautifully with the paper I'm currently writing for my DPhil and contains clear and logical arguments about some of the socio-technical approaches needed within NPfIT.

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