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Web-based provision of information on infectious diseases: a systems study

Roy, A; Kostkova, P; Catchpole, M; Carson, E; (2006) Web-based provision of information on infectious diseases: a systems study. Health Informatics Journal , 12 (4) pp. 274-292. 10.1177/1460458206069760. Green open access

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Abstract

The National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) is an Internet medical information resources portal, principally for healthcare professionals, within which the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI) is one of NeLH Specialist Libraries providing evidence on infectious diseases. In this article, we describe a systems-based evaluation of NeLI based on a soft systems methodology. User feedback and other data for the analysis were obtained using online questionnaires. This evaluation, which is a pilot study aimed at demonstrating proof of concept, provided evidence for improving three systems that are crucial to effective NeLI provision. These are navigation of the site, quality and tagging of information provided by NeLI, and information regarding users and their usage of the system. On the basis of a soft systems analysis, an action plan was formulated identifying areas where improvement is needed. Actions for consideration included simplifying terminologies to improve the navigation, enhancing the provision of research assessments, quality tagging NeLI documents, provided by experts in the field, and attracting a broader cross-section of healthcare professional user.

Type: Article
Title: Web-based provision of information on infectious diseases: a systems study
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1460458206069760
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458206069760
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Communicable Diseases, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, Information Services, Internet, Libraries, Medical, Medical Informatics, Models, Theoretical, Program Evaluation, Software, Surveys and Questionnaires, Systems Analysis, United Kingdom, User-Computer Interface
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088806
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