How important is theory in health informatics? A survey of UK academics

Philip Scott*, James Briggs, Jeremy Wyatt, Andrew Georgiou

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Abstract

The disciplinary status of health informatics remains unclear. Is it an art or a science? Does it have a body of theory? A survey was devised for UK academics that teach or research health informatics. Forty-six responses were received, twenty-five from the target group (representing between a quarter and a third of the population of interest). Health informatics is not perceived to have a well-known and clearly definable body of theory, but there is a clear demand for a more theoretical basis for the discipline. Journals and conferences were rated as the best sources of theory and seven key textbooks were identified. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser centred networked health care
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of MIE 2011
EditorsAnne Moen, Stig Kjær Andersen, Jos Aarts, Petter Hurlen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Pages223-227
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781607508069
ISBN (Print)9781607508052
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE - 2011 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 28 Aug 201131 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Volume169
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE - 2011
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period28/08/1131/08/11

Keywords

  • Medical informatics
  • health informatic
  • theoretical models
  • review

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