Holmgren, H. and Timpka, T. (1990). Systems Development in Health Care as Action Research. Technical Report LiTH-IDA-R-90-39, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden. Also published in Medical Informatics in Europe ' 90, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1990. (bibtex),
Abstract: The notion of paradigms for information systems development (ISD) is introduced and two (classes of) paradigms, "the traditional" and "the Scandinavian School" are briefly described and contrasted. The latter is associated with action research, whose main characteristics are described. A particular ISD method of this kind is then introduced, and an attempt is made to evaluate the impact of some aspects of this commercially originated method in a primary care setting. Indications of effectiveness and acceptance are found, but due to contextual factors the conditions for an action research process are found to have been less than ideal.
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