Handbook of Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics


  • Jytte Brender McNair, Institute of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

This Handbook provides a complete compendium of methods for evaluation of IT-based systems and solutions within healthcare. Emphasis is entirely on assessment of the IT-system within its organizational environment. The author provides a coherent and complete assessment of methods addressing interactions with and effects of technology at the organizational, psychological, and social levels.It offers an explanation of the terminology and theoretical foundations underlying the methodological analysis presented here. The author carefully guides the reader through the process of identifying relevant methods corresponding to specific information needs and conditions for carrying out the evaluation study. The Handbook takes a critical view by focusing on assumptions for application, tacit built-in perspectives of the methods as well as their perils and pitfalls.
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Healthcare professional: Administrators, Physicians, Nurses, and IT professionals


Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370464-1


"...informative from a conceptual and analytical perspective, elucidating assessment and evaluation of systems from the user's point of view...this handbook is quite comprehensive in its coverage of concepts related to IT assessment." - DOODY ENTERPRISES, INC. "...a good general overview of evaluation and different evaluation techniques. We would encourage readers to buy this book especially if they want a reference guide of evaluation techniques." - Madhu Reddy, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction1. Introduction2. Conceptual Apparatus3. Types of User Assessments of IT-based Solutions4. Choosing or Constructing Methods for EvaluationPart II. Methods and Techniques5. Introduction6. Overview of Assessment Methods7. Description of Methods and Techniques8. Other Useful InformationPart III. Methodological and Methodical Perils and Pitfalls at Assessment9. Background Information10. Approach to Identification of PItfalls and Perils11. Framework for Meta-Assessment of Assessment Studies12. DiscussionList of AbbreviationsList of References