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Development of and Usability Findings for a Web-based Osteoarthritis Guide

Raikundalia, Gitesh K and Tropea, Joanne and Bain, Christopher and Black, Jim and Brand, Caroline (2010) Development of and Usability Findings for a Web-based Osteoarthritis Guide. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 18 (1). pp. 48-61. ISSN 1992-8645

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and hip causes significant loss of quality of life due to pain, reduced mobility and limited ability to perform usual daily activities. OA is a chronic, debilitating condition that affects up to 18 percent of those aged 65 years and over. The traditional approach to treating this condition has been to involve a number of different healthcare providers, such as specialist doctors, general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, etc. In addition to healthcare provider care, a patient education and OA self-management system (in the form of a web guide) could possibly also assist sufferers to manage their condition. This paper describes the OA web guide we have developed. It covers the functionality of the system using the various user interfaces of the guide. A usability experiment was performed with OA experts and endusers to determine the effectiveness of the system and to learn how to improve such a system. The paperalso describes the usability experiment and conveys our findings from the experiment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: osteoarthritis, Web guide, usability experiment, heuristic evaluation, patient education
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
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Depositing User: Dr Gitesh Raikundalia
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 01:40
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 03:23
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16029
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