Reflecting and looking to the future

what is the research agenda for theory in health informatics?

Philip J. Scott, Nicolette F. De Keizer, Andrew Georgiou

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In this chapter, we reflect on the aim and objectives of the textbook and address known gaps in our theory coverage. We reinforce the importance of theory in health informatics and review the varying disciplinary origins of the theories considered in the book. We discuss the question of what makes a good theory and how to know which one is relevant for a given study. We recognize the limitations of the body of theory that we have presented and suggest what might be regarded as 'native' theory that is original to health informatics. Finally, we propose topics to form a research agenda for theory in health informatics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied interdisciplinary theory in health informatics
Subtitle of host publicationa knowledge base for practitioners
EditorsPhilip Scott, Nicolette de Keizer, Andrew Georgiou
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999911
ISBN (Print)9781614999904
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

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  • Epistemology
  • Health informatics
  • Research
  • Theory

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