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Modelling how the healthcare user acquires health information: Tasmanian case studies


Ridley, GJ and Woodward, DR and Young, JF and Boyer, K, Modelling how the healthcare user acquires health information: Tasmanian case studies, International Journal of Healthcare Technology Management, 10, (1/2) pp. 101-118. ISSN 1368-2156 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1504/IJHTM.2009.023730


This paper proposes a four-model framework for modelling the relationship between healthcare providers and healthcare users, and the associated acquisition of health information, modified from D'Alessandro and Dosa (2001) and Tomes (2007). Case studies were used to illuminate this investigation's research scope, rather than its research design, as is more usual. Using Keating's (1995) classification of case studies, this investigation presents four theory illustration cases, designed for theory refinement, seeking to establish the plausibility of the framework. The case study context used is the provision of healthcare to rural residents of Tasmania, the island state of Australia. This study found an occurrence of all four models from a search of the literature, which operated in parallel over similar time periods, within the case study setting. The findings were interpreted as supporting the plausibility of the framework. Further research will be needed to test the framework.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ridley, GJ (Dr Gail Ridley)
UTAS Author:Woodward, DR (Dr David Woodward)
UTAS Author:Young, JF (Dr Judith Young)
UTAS Author:Boyer, K (Ms Kim Boyer)
ID Code:57650
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2009-08-05
Last Modified:2014-12-22

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