The Disa Project: “Between patients and computer programs: Digitization and its impact on nurses’ work environment”

The “Between patients and computer programs: Digitization and its impact on nurses’ work environment”, the Disa project, is funded by Forte. The project started in October 2016 and will run for three years.

You can follow the project work in the HTO blog, at Twitter under the tag #htoUU, and at ReserachGate.

The research questions include how digitization has affected the stress and well-being, control over the work situation, digitization effects on operational quality, and communication with patients and other stakeholders.

Data collection is done through interviews, participant observation and surveys.

Particular focus will be placed on effects on the nurses’ work from the ICT and gender perspective. 

The project is lead by Minna Salminen Karlsson and Åsa Cajander, and work is planned to be done in 1) Children’s care 2) Surgical care and 3) Oncology.

The project team consists of the following people:

  1. Åsa Cajander
  2. Diane Golay
  3. Christiane Grünloh
  4. Minna Salminen Karlsson
  5. Ida Löscher
  6. Jonas Moll
  7. Gerolf Nauwerck
  8. Lars Oestreicher

In Oncology the studies will be a part of the DOME consortium and concentrate on the effects of Medical Records Online on the nurses work environment. Jonas Moll is leading these studies.

In children’s care and surgical care the work is starting up, see for example this blog post from Diane Golay. 

The project has a reference group consisting of eight people that will guide the work. The project will result in new concepts and framworks for managers to use when introducing new IT in health care. Below is an image describing the study design of the project.

 

Åsa Cajander

Professor at Uppsala University
Åsa Cajander the research leader of the HTO research group. She is Professor of Computer Science with a Specialization Towards Human-Computer Interaction at Uppsala University.

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