Protocol for a systematic review and qualitative synthesis of information quality frameworks in eHealth

Kayode Philip Fadahunsi, James Tosin Akinlua, Siobhan O'Connor, Petra Wark, Joseph Gallagher, Christopher Carroll, Azeem Majeed, John O'Donoghue

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Introduction Electronic health (eHealth) applications have become a very large repository of health information which informs critical decisions relating to the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of patients. Poor information quality (IQ) within eHealth may compromise patient safety. Evaluation of IQ in eHealth is therefore necessary to promote patient safety. An IQ framework specifies what aspects of information to assess and how to conduct the assessment. This systematic review aims to identify dimensions within existing IQ frameworks in eHealth and develop a new IQ framework for the assessment of eHealth.

Method and analysis We will search Embase, Medline, PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Maternity and Infant Care, PsycINFO (American Psychological Association), Global Health, Scopus, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, Health Management Information Consortium and reference lists of relevant publications for articles published in English until November 2018. Studies will be selected by two independent reviewers based on prespecified eligibility criteria. Two reviewers will independently extract data in each eligible study using a prepiloted Microsoft Excel data extraction form. Thematic synthesis will be employed to define IQ dimensions and develop a new IQ framework for eHealth.

Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval is not required for this systematic review as primary data will not be collected. The result of the review will be disseminated through publication in an academic journal and scientific conferences.

PROSPERO registration number CRD42018097142
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere024722
JournalBMJ Open
Early online date5 Mar 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • eHealth
  • information quality
  • digital heatlh
  • health informatics
  • framework


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