How important is theory in health informatics? a survey of UK academics

Philip Scott, Jim Briggs, James Wyatt, Andrew Georgiou

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The disciplinary status of health informatics remains unclear. Is it an art or a science? Does it have a body of theory? A survey was devised for UK academics that teach or research health informatics. Forty-six responses were received, twenty-five from the target group (representing between a quarter and a third of the population of interest). Health informatics is not perceived to have a well-known and clearly definable body of theory, but there is a clear demand for a more theoretical basis for the discipline. Journals and conferences were rated as the best sources of theory and seven key textbooks were identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser centred networked health care
EditorsAnne Moen, Stig Kjaer Andersen, Jos Aarts, Petter Hurlen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781607508069
ISBN (Print) 9781607508052
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMedical Informatics Europe - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 28 Aug 201131 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press


ConferenceMedical Informatics Europe


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