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Making sense of personal health information: Challenges for information visualization

Faisal, S; Blandford, A; Potts, HW; (2013) Making sense of personal health information: Challenges for information visualization. Health Informatics Journal , 19 (3) 198 -217. 10.1177/1460458212465213. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents a systematic review of the literature on information visualization for making sense of personal health information. Based on this review, five application themes were identified: treatment planning, examination of patients' medical records, representation of pedigrees and family history, communication and shared decision making, and life management and health monitoring. While there are recognized design challenges associated with each of these themes, such as how best to represent data visually and integrate qualitative and quantitative information, other challenges and opportunities have received little attention to date. In this article, we highlight, in particular, the opportunities for supporting people in better understanding their own illnesses and making sense of their health conditions in order to manage them more effectively.

Type:Article
Title:Making sense of personal health information: Challenges for information visualization
Location:England
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1177/1460458212465213
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458212465213
Language:English
Keywords:Information visualization, Personal health care, Sensemaking
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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