MDFluxo: Ophtalmology education with a PDA efficacy and usability evaluation

MDFluxo: Ophtalmology education with a PDA efficacy and usability evaluation

Author Pinto, Vladimir Camelo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Costa, Thiago Martini da Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Naveira, Marcelo Contardo Moscoso Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sigulem, Daniel Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Schor, Paulo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Pisa, Ivan Torres Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract In the last decade, handheld computers, also known as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), have become popular among physicians, residents and medical students. We have developed a PDA-software, called MDFluxo, to assist ophthalmologic teaching as a guide. We used a user-centered design to try to diminish usability problems. It's interesting that the literature concerning PDA use on health area doesn't emphasize usability attributes and it's evaluation, which is important to widespread PDA use among health professionals. MDFluxo efficacy was evaluated comparing it to traditional book guide and a non-guide self-learning. Usability inspection methods, such as Think Aloud Method, Nielsen Heuristic Evaluation, QUIS 5.0 adaptation, and Cognitive Walkthrough are being used to identify usability problems. The usability inspection methods help us to identify usability problems and correct them. We evidenced that the students who used MDFluxo improved the resolution of the clinical case when compared to participants which did not use any material as support, however there was no significant difference when comparing the MDFluxo students to students using a book, thus, as a support to ophthalmology learning, MDFluxo is an efficacy tool.
Keywords PDA
health professionals
Language English
Date 2008-01-01
Published in Healthinf 2008: Proceedings Of The First International Conference On Health Informatics, Vol 1. Setubal: Insticc-inst Syst Technologies Information Control & Communication, p. 227-230, 2008.
Publisher Insticc-inst Syst Technologies Information Control & Communication
Extent 227-230
Access rights Closed access
Type Conference paper
Web of Science ID WOS:000256697800042

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