Customising Pathology Report Design for Patient Use

Suelette Dreyfus, Reeva Lederman, Stephen P Smith, Paul Monagle

Abstract


This research aims to find ways to use information systems to encourage chronic disease sufferers to take action to improve their health outcomes.  We propose a new way to present information to chronic disease patients where motivating them to take their medication or change their lifestyle is essential for their health.  We believe this new model will have a profound impact on the patient’s overall experience and therefore the likelihood that they will comply with what their doctor asks of them.  It is proposed that the best place to adopt this model is in the design of pathology reports.  The model is based on the idea of generating different designs of pathology report for different types of health customers.  The information in the reports is customized both in content and design for different types of patients so that patient will respond to the information more effectively.  This paper reports on the first stage of this design process.


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