Skip to main content

Table 2 Synthetic list of advantages and drawbacks of the three tools under evaluation

From: How to interact with medical terminologies? Formative usability evaluations comparing three approaches for supporting the use of MedDRA by pharmacovigilance specialists

  OQT (forms) Sparklis (natural language) MVCM (iconic language)
Advantages • Quickly shows the results of term searches
• Easy to use
• Powerful tool adapted to different kind of practices
• Single page for the query and case analysis which facilitates the refinement of the query
• Intuitive and “playful”, visual iconic language
• Sense of familiarity: no need to go through SNOMED CT
• Possibility to navigate in the MedDRA hierarchy
Drawbacks • Requires knowledge of SNOMED CT logic
• Requires knowledge of the right SNOMED terms and their hierarchy
• Not possible to search/navigate in the MedDRA hierarchy
• Requires knowledge of SNOMED CT logic
• Requires knowledge of the right SNOMED terms and their hierarchy
• Requires practice to fully understand how to use the tool
• Limited in possible searches
• Not suitable for expert PVS