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  1. Research article

    Use of information and communication technology and retention of health workers in rural post-war conflict Northern Uganda: findings from a qualitative study

    Information and communication technologies have become a vital infrastructural asset for use in the retention of rural health workers. However, little is known about the potential influence of ICT use, percept...

    Walter Onen Yagos, Geoffrey Tabo Olok and Emilio Ovuga

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:6

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  2. Technical advance

    Applying openEHR’s Guideline Definition Language to the SITS international stroke treatment registry: a European retrospective observational study

    Interoperability standards intend to standardise health information, clinical practice guidelines intend to standardise care procedures, and patient data registries are vital for monitoring quality of care and...

    Nadim Anani, Michael V. Mazya, Rong Chen, Tiago Prazeres Moreira, Olivier Bill, Niaz Ahmed, Nils Wahlgren and Sabine Koch

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:7

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  3. Research article

    Understanding how primary care practitioners perceive an online intervention for the management of hypertension

    In order to achieve successful implementation an intervention needs to be acceptable and feasible to its users and must overcome barriers to behaviour change. The Person-Based Approach can help intervention de...

    Katherine Bradbury, Katherine Morton, Rebecca Band, Carl May, Richard McManus, Paul Little and Lucy Yardley

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:5

    Published on: 9 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Exploring the implementation of an electronic record into a maternity unit: a qualitative study using Normalisation Process Theory

    To explore the benefits, barriers and disadvantages of implementing an electronic record system (ERS). The extent that the system has become ‘normalised’ into routine practice was also explored.

    Arabella Scantlebury, Laura Sheard, Ian Watt, Paul Cairns, John Wright and Joy Adamson

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:4

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Development of an algorithm for determining smoking status and behaviour over the life course from UK electronic primary care records

    Patients’ smoking status is routinely collected by General Practitioners (GP) in UK primary health care. There is an abundance of Read codes pertaining to smoking, including those relating to smoking cessation...

    Mark D. Atkinson, Jonathan I. Kennedy, Ann John, Keir E. Lewis, Ronan A. Lyons and Sinead T. Brophy

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:2

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  6. Technical advance

    Secure and scalable deduplication of horizontally partitioned health data for privacy-preserving distributed statistical computation

    Techniques have been developed to compute statistics on distributed datasets without revealing private information except the statistical results. However, duplicate records in a distributed dataset may lead t...

    Kassaye Yitbarek Yigzaw, Antonis Michalas and Johan Gustav Bellika

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:1

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Testing modes of computerized sepsis alert notification delivery systems

    The number of electronic health record (EHR)-based notifications continues to rise. One common method to deliver urgent and emergent notifications (alerts) is paging. Despite of wide presence of smartphones, t...

    Mikhail A. Dziadzko, Andrew M. Harrison, Ing C. Tiong, Brian W. Pickering, Pablo Moreno Franco and Vitaly Herasevich

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:156

    Published on: 9 December 2016

  8. Research article

    The impact of health information technologies on quality improvement methodologies’ efficiency, throughput and financial outcomes: a retrospective observational study

    To evaluate whether or not the utilization of Health Information Technologies (HITs) in Quality Improvement Methodologies (QIMs) has impacts on QIMs’ efficiency, throughput and financial outcomes at healthcare...

    Raed H. AlHazme, Syed S. Haque, Hal Wiggin and Arif M. Rana

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:154

    Published on: 5 December 2016

  9. Research article

    Understanding clinical and non-clinical decisions under uncertainty: a scenario-based survey

    Prospect theory suggests that when faced with an uncertain outcome, people display loss aversion by preferring to risk a greater loss rather than incurring certain, lesser cost. Providing probability informati...

    Vlad V. Simianu, Margaret A. Grounds, Susan L. Joslyn, Jared E. LeClerc, Anne P. Ehlers, Nidhi Agrawal, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Abraham D. Flaxman and David R. Flum

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:153

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  10. Research article

    Time-to-event versus ten-year-absolute-risk in cardiovascular risk prevention – does it make a difference? Results from the Optimizing-Risk-Communication (OptRisk) randomized-controlled trial

    The concept of shared-decision-making is a well-established approach to increase the participation of patients in medical decisions. Using lifetime risk or time-to-event (TTE) formats has been increasingly sug...

    Charles Christian Adarkwah, Nikita Jegan, Monika Heinzel-Gutenbrunner, Felicitas Kühne, Uwe Siebert, Uwe Popert, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff and Sarah Kürwitz

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:152

    Published on: 29 November 2016

  11. Study protocol

    Integral strategy to supportive care in breast cancer survivors through occupational therapy and a m-health system: design of a randomized clinical trial

    Technological support using e-health mobile applications (m-health) is a promising strategy to improve the adherence to healthy lifestyles in breast cancer survivors (excess in energy intake or low physical ac...

    Mario Lozano-Lozano, Lydia Martín-Martín, Noelia Galiano-Castillo, Francisco Álvarez-Salvago, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Carolina Fernández-Lao, Carmen Sánchez-Salado and Manuel Arroyo-Morales

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:150

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  12. Research article

    Operations research for resource planning and -use in radiotherapy: a literature review

    The delivery of radiotherapy (RT) involves the use of rather expensive resources and multi-disciplinary staff. As the number of cancer patients receiving RT increases, timely delivery becomes increasingly diff...

    Bruno Vieira, Erwin W. Hans, Corine van Vliet-Vroegindeweij, Jeroen van de Kamer and Wim van Harten

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:149

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  13. Research article

    Assessing the acceptability and feasibility of encounter decision aids for early stage breast cancer targeted at underserved patients

    Women of low socioeconomic status (SES) diagnosed with early stage breast cancer are less likely to be involved in treatment decisions. They tend to report higher decisional regret and poorer communication. Ev...

    Shama Alam, Glyn Elwyn, Sanja Percac-Lima, Stuart Grande and Marie-Anne Durand

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:147

    Published on: 21 November 2016

  14. Research article

    Understanding the barriers to successful adoption and use of a mobile health information system in a community health center in São Paulo, Brazil: a cohort study

    Mobile technology to support community health has surged in popularity, yet few studies have systematically examined usability of mobile platforms for this setting.

    Jayant V. Rajan, Juliana Moura, Gato Gourley, Karina Kiso, Alexandre Sizilio, Ana Maria Cortez, Lee W. Riley, Maria Amelia Veras and Urmimala Sarkar

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:146

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  15. Research article

    Nurses’ perceptions, acceptance, and use of a novel in-room pediatric ICU technology: testing an expanded technology acceptance model

    The value of health information technology (IT) ultimately depends on end users accepting and appropriately using it for patient care. This study examined pediatric intensive care unit nurses’ perceptions, acc...

    Richard J. Holden, Onur Asan, Erica M. Wozniak, Kathryn E. Flynn and Matthew C. Scanlon

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:145

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  16. Study protocol

    A randomized wait-list control trial to evaluate the impact of a mobile application to improve self-management of individuals with type 2 diabetes: a study protocol

    Management of diabetes through improved glycemic control and risk factor modification can help prevent long-term complications. Much diabetes management is self-management, in which healthcare providers play a...

    Laura Desveaux, Payal Agarwal, Jay Shaw, Jennifer M. Hensel, Geetha Mukerji, Nike Onabajo, Husayn Marani, Trevor Jamieson, Onil Bhattacharyya, Danielle Martin, Muhammad Mamdani, Lianne Jeffs, Walter P. Wodchis, Noah M. Ivers and R. Sacha Bhatia

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:144

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  17. Research article

    Measuring the operational impact of digitized hospital records: a mixed methods study

    Digitized (scanned) medical records have been seen as a means for hospitals to reduce costs and improve access to records. However, clinical usability of digitized records can potentially have negative effects...

    Philip J. Scott, Paul J. Curley, Paul B. Williams, Ian P. Linehan and Steven H. Shaha

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:143

    Published on: 10 November 2016

  18. Research article

    Feasibility of digital footprint data for health analytics and services: an explorative pilot study

    As a result of digitalization, data is available about almost every aspect of our lives. Personal data collected by individuals themselves or stored by organizations interacting with people is known as a digit...

    Marja Harjumaa, Saila Saraniemi, Saara Pekkarinen, Minna Lappi, Heidi Similä and Minna Isomursu

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:139

    Published on: 9 November 2016

  19. Research article

    Patient and provider acceptance of telecoaching in type 2 diabetes: a mixed-method study embedded in a randomised clinical trial

    Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes, suboptimal metabolic control persists. Patient education in diabetes has been proved to enhance self-efficacy and guideline-driven treatment, how...

    I. Odnoletkova, H. Buysse, F. Nobels, G. Goderis, B. Aertgeerts, L. Annemans and D. Ramaekers

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:142

    Published on: 9 November 2016

  20. Research article

    Electronic screening for lifestyle issues and mental health in youth: a community-based participatory research approach

    We previously developed YouthCHAT, a youth programme for electronic screening and intervention for lifestyle risk factors and mental health issues. Our aim was to tailor the YouthCHAT package for use in a clin...

    Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Arden Corter and Hannah Suh

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:140

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  21. Research article

    Data extraction from electronic health records (EHRs) for quality measurement of the physical therapy process: comparison between EHR data and survey data

    With the emergence of the electronic health records (EHRs) as a pervasive healthcare information technology, new opportunities and challenges for use of clinical data for quality measurements arise with respec...

    Marijn Scholte, Simone A. van Dulmen, Catherina W. M. Neeleman-Van der Steen, Philip J. van der Wees, Maria W. G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden and Jozé Braspenning

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:141

    Published on: 8 November 2016

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