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Title: Benefits of and barriers to involving users in medical device technology development and evaluation
Authors: Shah, SGS
Robinson, I
Keywords: User;Medical devices;User involvement;Benefits and barriers;Development and evaluation;Assistive devices;Healthcare technology
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Year 2007, Pages 131-137
Abstract: Objectives: This study investigated the benefits of, and barriers to user involvement in medical device technology development and evaluation. Methods: A structured review of published literature in peer-reviewed journals. Results: This review revealed that the main benefits of user involvement were an increased access to user needs, experiences and ideas; improvements in medical device designs and user interfaces; and an increase in the functionality, usability and quality of the devices. On the other hand, resource issues, particularly those of time and money were found the key impediments to involving users in the development and evaluation of medical device technologies. This study has categorised both the benefits and barriers to user involvement also. Conclusions: The involvement of users in MDTD&E requires resources, which are limited; however, it is essential from both users and manufacturers perspectives.
ISSN: 0266-4623
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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