A study of the usage of a decision-support system for infective endocarditis
2000 (English)In: Medical informatics and the Internet in medicine (Print), ISSN 1463-9238, E-ISSN 1464-5238, Vol. 25, no 1, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of this study was to examine a design for a World Wide Web-based decision-support system in use by clinically active physicians. A prototype implementation of the design concerned management of infective endocarditis patient cases. The design was based on an integration of hypertext and rule-based knowledge. In the study sessions, physicians in the field of internal medicine worked on managing authentic patient cases in a laboratory setting. Data was collected from interviews with the physicians using video recordings and stimulated recall technique. The qualitative data was analysed according to the constant comparative method in order to develop a model of the physicians' usage of the system. The resulting model describes perceived contributions and criteria for usefulness of the system. The ways the physicians used the system showed that it was able to provide patient-specific support for confirming clinical decisions, for higher-level patient management, and for preparing for and initiating expert consultations. Users also stated that new medical knowledge could be gained as a side effect of using the system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 25, no 1, 1-18 p.
Decision-support System, Endocarditis, Qualitative Methodology, Evaluation
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13334DOI: 10.1080/146392300298229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13334DiVA: diva2:18507