Accession Number : ADA259388
Title : An Evaluation of the Usability of the MEPSS Prototype Decision Support Program for Abdominal Pain with Two User Populations
Descriptive Note : Interim rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
Personal Author(s) : Chouinard, Elaine F
Report Date : 20 Aug 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 57
Abstract : A fully operational prototype of the MEPSS decision support module for diagnosing abdominal pain was usability tested with representatives from two user populations: Independent Duty Corpsmen and EMT-Paramedics. Issues with the user interface that negatively affect the accuracy of the program were identified. Design recommendations are presented. The two groups differed in their acceptance of the program. Marketing strategies to increase acceptance are suggested. The utility of usability testing methodology for identifying problems with the user interface, and for identifying differences in the needs of target user populations, was demonstrated.
Descriptors : *PAIN , *ABDOMEN , *MEDICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , METHODOLOGY , MARKETING , STRATEGY , INTERFACES , ACCURACY , PROTOTYPES , TARGETS , POPULATION , DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE)
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE