Designing Better Prescription Charts: Why we can’t just ask the nurses

Back, Jonathan; Iacovides, Ioanna; Furniss, Dominic; Vincent, Chris; Cox, Anna L. and Blandford, Ann (2013). Designing Better Prescription Charts: Why we can’t just ask the nurses. In: MediCHI-2013, the Workshop on Safer Interaction in Medical Devices, 27-2 May 2013, Paris, France.


Prescription charts are not designed with the task of programing medical devices in mind. This is surprising because we know that charts need to be consulted for programing values. This paper summarizes what we know about chart design, and then reflects on what we do not know. In order to design charts that facilitate programing, we need a better understanding of how they are used in hospitals. We cannot only ask nurses about how they use them since they may omit information about context and clinical practice. We discuss approaches that we plan to use to obtain the required understanding.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 47236
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  • Conference or Workshop Item
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  • Keywords
  • healthcare; prescription charts; external artifacts
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2013 The Authors
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  • Ioanna Iacovides