The Importance of Form Field Validation: Lesson Learnt From a Feasibility Study of an M-Health Application in Malawi, Africa

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Measuring adherence to clinical guidelines using mobile health (mHealth) technologies when form field validation is enforced or turned on could potentially be viewed as skewing the dataset, leading to 100% adherence to the clinical rule base. In theory, healthcare providers should fully abide by clinical guidelines, whether in paper or digital format, to ensure that the patient receives appropriate care. However, what happens when mHealth form field
validation is turned off? As part of a feasibility study in Malawi, Africa, we explored this phenomenon. Switching off validation on the mHealth
artefact served its purpose within the context of a feasibility study where a parallel paper-based clinical assessment process remained in place. The design of this technical artefact with the turnkey validation feature afforded us the opportunity to turn validation on and off seamlessly. Ultimately, from an ethical, clinical and technical perspective the optimum approach is to ensure
that form field validation is switched on. With form field validation on adherence to the clinical guidelines is enforced which minimises incomplete assessment and the potential for suboptimal clinical decisions that could adversely affect patient care.


  • Yvonne O'Connor
  • Victoria Hardy
  • Matthew Thompson
  • Nikolaos Mastellos
  • Tammy Tram
  • John O'Donoghue
  • Griphin Baxter Chirambo
  • Bo Andersson
  • Sven Carlsson
  • Ciara Heavin
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University College Cork
  • University of Washington
  • Imperial College London
  • Mzuzu University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning
  • Hälsovetenskaper


Titel på värdpublikationPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems Proceedings
FörlagPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Antal sidor12
ISBN (elektroniskt)9789860491029
StatusPublished - 2016
Peer review utfördJa
EvenemangPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, 2016 - Nice Prince Hotel, Chiayi, Taiwan, Republiken Kina
Varaktighet: 2016 jun 272016 jul 1


KonferensPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, 2016
Förkortad titelPACIS 2016
LandTaiwan, Republiken Kina

Related projects

Sven Carlsson, Bo Andersson & John O'Donoghue

European Commission - FP7


Projekt: Forskning

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