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Evaluating eHealth interventions: the need for continuous systemic evaluation.

Catwell L, Sheikh A - PLoS Med. (2009)

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Affiliation: Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

ABSTRACT

eHealth interventions will play a substantial role in shaping health care systems in the 21st century.

Until eHealth interventions are “fit for purpose”, health care professionals are unlikely to adopt them and this risks implementation failure.

eHealth developments should be viewed as interventions, and evaluated as new drugs or management programmes, recognising the challenges of evaluating complex interventions.

We propose a means to evaluate eHealth interventions while they are being designed, developed, and deployed.

We argue that continuous systematic evaluations of eHealth interventions are needed.

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Schematic for simplified evaluation process.
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pmed-1000126-g001: Schematic for simplified evaluation process.

Mentions: In light of these considerations, and the current dilemma regarding investing in eHealth [17], we propose an alternative more comprehensive overall evaluation approach, one that encourages a multifaceted, multidisciplined approach and facilitates continuous systematic evaluations throughout the lifecycle of an eHealth intervention. The proposed approach takes into account sociotechnical and contextual considerations [38] and is capable of ensuring that each part of the chain of reasoning is adhered to [37]. Figure 1 depicts our suggested evaluation approach.


Evaluating eHealth interventions: the need for continuous systemic evaluation.

Catwell L, Sheikh A - PLoS Med. (2009)

Schematic for simplified evaluation process.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pmed-1000126-g001: Schematic for simplified evaluation process.
Mentions: In light of these considerations, and the current dilemma regarding investing in eHealth [17], we propose an alternative more comprehensive overall evaluation approach, one that encourages a multifaceted, multidisciplined approach and facilitates continuous systematic evaluations throughout the lifecycle of an eHealth intervention. The proposed approach takes into account sociotechnical and contextual considerations [38] and is capable of ensuring that each part of the chain of reasoning is adhered to [37]. Figure 1 depicts our suggested evaluation approach.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

ABSTRACT

eHealth interventions will play a substantial role in shaping health care systems in the 21st century.

Until eHealth interventions are “fit for purpose”, health care professionals are unlikely to adopt them and this risks implementation failure.

eHealth developments should be viewed as interventions, and evaluated as new drugs or management programmes, recognising the challenges of evaluating complex interventions.

We propose a means to evaluate eHealth interventions while they are being designed, developed, and deployed.

We argue that continuous systematic evaluations of eHealth interventions are needed.

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