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Ortiz, F., & Giunti, G. (2022). Usability assessment of an interactive health technology for kidney living donors: Protocol for a prospective cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open, 12(1), e051166.

Usability assessment of an interactive health technology for kidney living donors : protocol for a prospective cross-sectional survey

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Author: Ortiz, Fernanda1; Giunti, Guido2,3
Organizations: 1Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: BMJ, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-04


Introduction: Several web portals for kidney patients are available, but assessments of their performance are scarce. A crucial aspect of living donation is to provide standardised information about the risks of the procedure. This is of particular interest among candidates for kidney living donation. In 2019, the Digital Care Path for Living Kidney Donor Candidates was launched in Finland as part of the Health Village portal, containing information about the donation process and facilitating communication between clinicians, transplant coordinators and patients. The performance of this eHealth service has not yet been studied. The present study will investigate living donor candidates’ experience with the Health Village and Digital Care Path for Living Kidney Donor Candidates. Participants’ general attitudes towards the use of eHealth services will also be explored as a secondary objective.

Methods and analysis: A prospective cross-sectional survey study will take place. Participants will be kidney donor candidates who have used the digital care path since its implementation in January 2019 up to 1 March 2021 (N=122). The surveys will include demographic data, electronic device ownership and digital health literacy. Platform’s ease of use will be assessed with the System Usability Scale. Open-ended questions will be used to gather suggestions.

Results: The research protocol has been approved by the Helsinki University Hospital ethical committee (HUS/501/2021) to ensure that the work is done in accordance with the declaration of Helsinki and Declaration of Istanbul. Recruitment will start during the first semester of 2021. Initial results are expected during the second semester of 2021.

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Series: BMJ open
ISSN: 2044-6055
ISSN-E: 2044-6055
ISSN-L: 2044-6055
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Article number: e051166
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051166
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
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