In this week's PLoS Medicine Magazine, Trisha Greenhalgh and Jill Russell from the Queen Mary University of London discuss the relative merits of "scientific" and "social practice" approaches to evaluation and argue that eHealth evaluation is in need of a paradigm shift. They critique the previous PLoS Medicine series on evaluating eHealth, published in late 2009.
Funding: The ideas in this paper were developed during an independent evaluation of the UK Summary Care Record programme, funded by a research grant from the UK National Institute of Health Research (ref CFHEP002 and 007) and a study funded by the UK Medical Research Council (''Healthcare Electronic Records in Organisations'', ref 07/133). The funders had no role in the preparation of this manuscript or the decision to publish.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Citation: Greenhalgh T, Russell J (2010) Why Do Evaluations of eHealth Programs Fail? An Alternative Set of Guiding Principles. PLoS Med 7(11): e1000360. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000360
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