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

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Raikundalia, Gitesh K, Tropea, Joanne, Bain, Christopher, 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


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.

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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords osteoarthritis, Web guide, usability experiment, heuristic evaluation, patient education
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