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Interaction and mediation in preadmission clinics : implications for the design of a telehealth stethoscope

Kraal, Ben J. & Popovic, Vesna (2010) Interaction and mediation in preadmission clinics : implications for the design of a telehealth stethoscope. In Durling, David (Ed.) Proceedings of Design Research Society International Conference 2010 : Design & Complexity, Universite de Montreal, School of Industrial Design, Universite de Montreal, Montreal.

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Abstract

A telehealth stethoscope would make it possible for doctors to perform physical examinations on patients at great distances. In order to develop a useful and usable telehealth stethoscope we have conducted fieldwork observations of existing anaesthetic preadmission clinics to understand how stethoscopes are currently used. Both face-to-face consultations and videoconference consultations have been studied. Our results indicate that the stethoscope plays a minor role in the consultation and that consultations are mediated by the administrative work that is the reason for the consultation. We suggest that a stethoscope plays an infrastructural role in the consultation. The implications of considering stethoscopes as infrastructure are explored and considered in the context of a future telehealth stethoscope.

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ID Code: 33667
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: interaction, stethoscope, infrastructure, telehealth, expertise
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Industrial Design (120305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2010 08:24
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2010 17:03

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