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Which diagrams and when? Health workers' choice and usage of different diagram types for service improvement

Jun, GT and Morrison, C and O'Loughlin, C and Clarkson, PJ (2012) Which diagrams and when? Health workers' choice and usage of different diagram types for service improvement. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7352 L. pp. 340-342. ISSN 0302-9743

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Abstract

Diagrammatic representations, such as process mapping and care pathways, have been often used for service evaluation and improvement in healthcare. While a broad range of diagrammatic representations exist, their application in healthcare has been very limited. There is a lack of understanding about how and which diagrams could be usable and useful to health workers. In this study, ten mental health workers were asked to discuss positive and negative issues around their service delivery using one or two diagrams of their choice out of seven different diagrams representing their service: care pathway diagram; organisation diagram; communication diagram; service blueprint; patient state transition diagram; free form diagram; geographic map. Their interactions with diagrams were video-taped for analysis. The patient state transition diagram was the most popular choice in spite of relatively low previous familiarity. The overall findings provided insight into a better use of diagrams in healthcare. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diagrams healthcare problem identification service design
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:24
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:39
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31223-6_45