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Title: User involvement in healthcare technology development and assessment: Structured literature review
Authors: Shah, SGS
Robinson, I
Keywords: User involvement;Medical devices;Medical devices users;Healthcare technology;User perspective;Technology development and assessment;Medical device lifecycle
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 19(6): 500 - 515, Oct 2006
Abstract: Purpose – Medical device users are one of the principal stakeholders of medical device technologies. User involvement in medical device technology development and assessment is central to meet their needs. Design/methodology/approach – A structured review of literature, published from 1980 to 2005 in peer-reviewed journals, was carried out from social science perspective to investigate the practice of user involvement in the development and assessment of medical device technologies. This was followed by qualitative thematic analysis. Findings – It is found that users of medical devices include clinicians, patients, carers and others. Different kinds of medical devices are developed and assessed by user involvement. The user involvement occurs at different stages of the medical device technology lifecycle and the degree of user involvement is in the order of design stage > testing and trials stage > deployment stage > concept stage. Methods most commonly used for capturing users’ perspectives are usability tests, interviews and questionnaire surveys. Research limitations/implications – We did not review the relevant literature published in engineering, medical and nursing fields, which might have been useful. Practical implications – Consideration of the users’ characteristics and the context of medical device use is critical for developing and assessing medical device technologies from users’ perspectives. Originality/value – This study shows that users of medical device technologies are not homogeneous but heterogeneous, in several aspects, and their needs, skills and working environments vary. This is important consideration for incorporating users’ perspectives in medical device technologies. Paper type: Literature review.
ISSN: 0952-6862
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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