JMIR Research Protocols
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JMIR Research Protocols (ISSN 1929-0748) publishes peer-reviewed, openly accessible research ideas and grant proposals, study and trial protocols, reports of ongoing research, current methods and approaches, and preliminary results from pilot studies or formative research informing the design of medical and health-related research and technology innovations.
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Bringing concepts into practice: A new approach for interprofessional requirements engineering in user-centered software development
Date Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 24, 2015 - Jan 19, 2016
Background: The importance of information and communication technology for healthcare is steadily growing. Newly developed tools are addressing different user groups as for example physicians, other h...
Background: The importance of information and communication technology for healthcare is steadily growing. Newly developed tools are addressing different user groups as for example physicians, other health care professionals and social workers but also patients and their family members. It is a challenge to integrate user-reported requirements into the development process right from the beginning in order to build a technical solution addressing the requirements of future users. Objective: This paper presents the results of a newly developed methodology of bringing two approaches of requirements engineering together in order to smooth the development of a user-centered software product and to restructure interprofessional cooperation. Methods: In the course of the project it proved to be difficult to gain clear action steps and priorities for the development process out of the primary requirements compilation. Even if a regular exchange between both teams took place there was a lack of a common language. Therefore, the manner of cooperation was reorganized and a new instrument called “Action-Sheet” was implemented. Results: In order to improve the interprofessional cooperation the idea came up to align the requirements arising from the application project with the method of software development applied by the technical development team. This was realized by restructuring the original requirements set in a standardized way and under continuous adjustment between both teams. As a result not only the way of displaying the user demands but also of interprofessional cooperation was steered in a new direction. Conclusions: It is indispensable to take the user demands into account from the very beginning of the development process and to bring them together with IT-knowhow and knowledge of the contextual factors of the healthcare system. Action Sheets seem to be an effective tool for making the software development process more tangible and convertible. Furthermore, the working method turned out to support interprofessional ideas exchange.
Using technology to help low-income and Latino smokers quit
Date Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 21, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015
Background: The Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health at Palo Alto University proposes to develop digital tools specifically designed to help low income English-speaking and Sp...
Background: The Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health at Palo Alto University proposes to develop digital tools specifically designed to help low income English-speaking and Spanish-speaking smokers to quit. Individuals from lower-income countries and those with lower social status quit at lower rates than those from high-income countries and those with higher social status. Objective: We plan to launch a project designed to test whether a mobile-based digital intervention designed with systematic input from low-income English- and Spanish-speaking smokers from a public sector health care system can significantly improve its acceptability, utilization, and effectiveness. Methods: Using human-centered development methods, we will involve low-income patients in the design of a web app/text messaging tool. We will also use their input to improve our recruitment and dissemination strategies. We will iteratively develop successive versions of the digital interventions informed by our human-centered approach. The project involves three specific aims: 1) Human-centered development of an English/Spanish smoking cessation web app. We will develop iterative versions of a digital smoking cessation tool (a web app with text messaging components) that is highly responsive to the needs and preferences of low-income English- and Spanish-speaking smokers. 2) Improvement of dissemination strategies. Input from participants will identify effective ways of reaching and encouraging low-income English- and Spanish-speaking smokers to use the digital smoking cessation interventions to be developed.This information will support ongoing dissemination and implementation efforts beyond the grant period. 3) Evaluation of resulting smoking cessation web app. We will evaluate the effectiveness of the successive versions of the resulting stop smoking web app by an online randomized controlled trial. Increased effectiveness will be defined as 1) increased utilization of the web app and 2) higher abstinence rates than those obtained by a baseline “usual care” web app. Results: By obtaining systematic input from smokers from this disproportionately impacted population, we hope to develop a digital tool that will be more likely to be used by low-income smokers, including Latino smokers, and that will have a greater likelihood of obtaining quit rates that are comparable to those reported for other smoking cessation methods. Conclusions: We plan to develop and test an English/Spanish smoking cessation web app for low income population. Using human-centered development methods, we will improve the design of a web app/text messaging tool, and our recruitment and dissemination strategies. We will then test the effectiveness of the resulting stop smoking web app by an online randomized controlled trial. By obtaining systematic input from smokers from this disproportionately impacted population, we hope to develop a digital tool that will be more likely to be used by low-income smokers, including Latino smokers, and that will have a greater likelihood of obtaining quit rates that are comparable to those reported for other smoking cessation methods.
Use of Subperiosteal Drain versus Subdural Drain in Chronic Subdural Hematomas treated with Burr-Hole Trepanation: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Date Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015
Background: Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is one of the most frequent neurosurgical entities, affecting elderly people and associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. The use of a subdural...
Background: Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is one of the most frequent neurosurgical entities, affecting elderly people and associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. The use of a subdural drain after burr-hole trepanation for cSDH was proven to reduce recurrence and mortality at 6 months. To date in neurosurgery practice evidence based guidelines on what kind of drain should be used, namely a subdural or subperiosteal drain, do not exist. Currently both methods are being practiced depending on the institute and/or the practicing neurosurgeon. Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the reoperation rates after burr-hole trepanation and insertion of a subperiosteal or subdural drain in patients with cSDH. Methods: This is a prospective, non-inferiority, multi-center, RCT designed to include 220 patients above the age of 18 years, presenting with a symptomatic cSDH verified on cranial CT or MRI, who are to undergo surgical evacuation with burr-hole trepanation. After obtaining informed consent patients are randomly allocated to a subperiosteal drain (SPD) group or a subdural drain (SDD) group. The primary endpoint is recurrence indicating a reoperation within 12 months. Results: This research is investigator initiated and received ethics approval. Patient recruitment started in April 2013, and we expect all study-related activities to be completed by the end of 2016/beginning of 2017. Results: The study is a currently on-going study in two Neurosurgical centers: Kantonsspital Aarau (KSA) and University Hospital of Basel (USB). Enrollment began it the end of March 2013. Conclusions: To date evidence based recommendations concerning the operative treatment of cSDH are sparse. Results of this research are expected to have applications in evidence-based practice for the increasing number of patients suffering from cSDH and possibly lead to more efficient treatment of this disease with less postoperative complications. Clinical Trial: ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01869855.
Design and Development of a Clinical Risk Management Tool Using Radio Frequency Identification RFID
Date Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 3, 2015 - Dec 30, 2015
Background: Patient safety is one of the most important elements of quality of healthcare. It means preventing any harm to the patients during medical care process Objective: This paper introduces a c...
Background: Patient safety is one of the most important elements of quality of healthcare. It means preventing any harm to the patients during medical care process Objective: This paper introduces a cost-effective tool in which the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is used to identify medical errors in hospital. Methods: The proposed clinical error management system (CEMS) is consisted of a reader device, a transfer/receiver device, a database and managing software. The reader device works using radio waves and is wireless. The reader sends and receives data to/from the database via the transfer/receiver device which is connected to the computer via USB port. The database contains data about patients’ medication orders. Results: The CEMS has the ability to identify the clinical errors before they occur and then warns the care-giver with voice and visual messages to prevent the error. This device reduces the errors and thus improves the patient safety. Conclusions: new tool including software and hardware was developed in this study. Application of this tool in clinical settings can help the nurses prevent medical errors. It can also be a useful tool for clinical risk management. Using this device can improve the patient safety to a considerable extent and thus improve the quality of healthcare.