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Towards a pattern language approach to sharing experiences in healthcare technology evaluations


Doyle, J and Quigley, A and Nixon, PA and Caulfield, B, Towards a pattern language approach to sharing experiences in healthcare technology evaluations , HCI in Work and Learning, Life and Leisure, 4-5 November 2010, Klagenfurt, Austria, pp. 124-137. ISBN 978-3-642-16606-8 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-16607-5_8


Healthcare technologies are becoming increasingly pervasive, moving from controlled clinical and laboratory settings, to real environments such as homes, acute care environments and residential care centres. As a consequence, new challenges arise in evaluating the impact of healthcare technologies and interactions in their context of use. In this paper we propose the use of a pattern language as a means of capturing experiences from researchers in the field of evaluating healthcare technologies. The potential benefits of such an approach include the availability of a centralised repository, or collaborative tool of past experiences which can contribute to the reuse of knowledge, which can encourage and improve communication between interdisciplinary members of the healthcare community and which is presented in a ‘lay’ language, understandable by all. We propose to structure the content of our pattern language along three stages of healthcare, namely home care, residential care and acute care and to organise evaluations across each of these stages in terms of physical, social, intellectual and purpose fitness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nixon, PA (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:70104
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-02
Last Modified:2014-12-08
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