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OCLC Systems & Services

ISSN: 1065-075X

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Cognitive task analysis: A cognitive approach to evaluate evidence-based nursing websites

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Title:Cognitive task analysis: A cognitive approach to evaluate evidence-based nursing websites
Author(s):Ping Li, (Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
Citation:Ping Li, (2005) "Cognitive task analysis: A cognitive approach to evaluate evidence-based nursing websites", OCLC Systems & Services, Vol. 21 Iss: 3, pp.252 - 256
Keywords:Evidence-based practice, Function evaluation, Nursing, Worldwide web
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/10650750510612443 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – To introduce a cognitive approach – cognitive task analysis (CTA) – for the usability evaluation of evidence-based nursing (EBN) websites.

Design/methodology/approach – With the justification of the need for new evaluation methodologies for the usability of EBN websites and the provision of the theoretical framework and implications of CTA, the author proposes detailed steps for the usability evaluation of EBN websites.

Findings – CTA is a new approach that can be used for the evaluation of the usability of EBN websites. It has the advantages that conventional evaluation methods lack in characterizing the aspects of websites useful to nurses in carrying out evidence-based practices.

Originality/value – This paper, with the introduction of a new cognitive approach, helps ensure the effective evaluation of the EBN websites, which can then be improved to adequately meet the requirements and information processing needs of the nurses practising evidence-based nursing.

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