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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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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Researcher job for the NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme

An interesting looking job advert for a Research Associate/Fellow working on systematic reviews for the NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme has recently been advertised.

The job is at the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health at the University of Edinburgh, in association with Imperial College London, and will involve undertaking a systematic overview of the impact of information technology on the quality and safety of health services. This will assemble a series of systematic reviews about information technology in health services and weave these into a comprehensive and authoritative report with reference to safety and quality of care.

If the outputs are up to the standard of the Report of Evaluation of Summary Care Record Early Adopter Programme published a few weeks ago then this could be very worthwhile work.

If I was in Edinburgh (and the post had a slightly higher salary) I would consider applying for it myself.

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