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Usability: An introduction to and literature review of usability testing for educational resources in radiation oncology

Keenan, Heather L.; Duke, Simon L.; Wharrad, Heather J.; Doody, Gillian A.; Patel, Rakesh S.

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Authors

Heather L. Keenan

Simon L. Duke

HEATHER WHARRAD HEATHER.WHARRAD@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of E-Learning and Health Informatics

Gillian A. Doody

Rakesh S. Patel



Abstract

Usability, or the ease with which something can be used, is a key aspect in ensuring end-users can achieve the best possible outcomes from a given educational resource. Ideally usability testing should take place iteratively throughout the design of the resource, and there are several approaches for undertaking usability testing described in the wider literature. Within radiation oncology education, the extent to which usability testing occurs remains unclear. This literature review aimed to assess current practice and provide a practical introduction to usability testing for educational resource design within radiation oncology. Two web databases were searched for articles describing planned or completed usability testing during the design of a radiation oncology educational resource. Fifteen studies were identified. Data was gathered describing the type of usability testing performed, the number of cycles of testing and the number of test subjects. Articles described design of educational resources for both patients and trainees, with the number of test subjects ranging from 8 to 18. Various testing methods were used, including questionnaires, think aloud studies and heuristic evaluation. Usability testing comprised a range of single cycle through to several rounds of testing. Through illustrative examples identified in the literature review, we demonstrate that usability testing is feasible and beneficial for educational resources varying in size and context. In doing so we hope to encourage radiation oncologists to incorporate usability testing into future educational resource design.

Citation

Keenan, H. L., Duke, S. L., Wharrad, H. J., Doody, G. A., & Patel, R. S. (2022). Usability: An introduction to and literature review of usability testing for educational resources in radiation oncology. Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 24, 67-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tipsro.2022.09.001

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 13, 2022
Publication Date Dec 1, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 16, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2022
Journal Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology
Electronic ISSN 2405-6324
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Pages 67-72
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tipsro.2022.09.001
Keywords Care Planning; Health Policy; Oncology (nursing); Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/12562419
Publisher URL https://www.tipsro.science/article/S2405-6324(22)00032-4/fulltext
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Usability: An introduction to and literature review of usability testing for educational resources in radiation oncology; Journal Title: Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tipsro.2022.09.001; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2022 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology.

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