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Evaluation of the Barthel Index Presented on Paper and Developed Digitally

  • Elizabeth Sarah MartinEmail author
  • Chris Nugent
  • Raymond Bond
  • Suzanne Martin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)

Abstract

Within medical applications there are two main types of information design; paper-based and digital information. As technology is ever changing, healthcare is continually being transitioned from traditional paper documents to digital and online resources. This paper presents the findings of a study involving 26 participants who are familiar with Activity of Daily Living charts, and used three scenarios requiring them to complete both a paper ADL and a digital ADL. An evaluation was undertaken to discover if there were any ‘human errors’ in completing the paper ADL and also looked for similarities/differences through using the digital ADL. We also analyzed the variability of the decisions made by all subjects. Results illustrate that 22 participants agreed that the digital ADL is better, if not the same as a paper based ADL. Further positives include the added benefit of the digital ADL being easy to use and also that the final calculation is done automatically.

Keywords

Activity of Daily Living ADL Digital 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Sarah Martin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chris Nugent
    • 1
  • Raymond Bond
    • 1
  • Suzanne Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of UlsterJordanstownNorthern Ireland, UK
  2. 2.School of Health SciencesUniversity of UlsterJordanstownNorthern Ireland, UK

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