Challenges and Solutions for Using Informatics in Research

Catherine J. Ryan, Heeseung Choi, Cynthia Fritschi, Patricia E. Hershberger, Catherine V. Vincent, Eileen Danaher Hacker, Julie J. Zerwic, Kathleen Norr, Hanjong Park, Sevinc Tastan, Gail M. Keenan, Lorna Finnegan, Zhongsheng Zhao, Agatha M. Gallo, Diana J. Wilkie

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Computer technology provides innovations for research but not without concomitant challenges. Herein, we present our experiences with technology challenges and solutions across 16 nursing research studies. Issues included intervention integrity, software updates and compatibility, web accessibility and implementation, hardware and equipment, computer literacy of participants, and programming. Our researchers found solutions related to best practices for computer-screen design and usability testing, especially as they relate to the target populations' computer literacy levels and use patterns; changes in software; availability and limitations of operating systems and web browsers; resources for on-site technology help for participants; and creative facilitators to access participants and implement study procedures. Researchers may find this information helpful as they consider successful ways to integrate informatics in the design and implementation of future studies with technology that maximizes research productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-741
Number of pages20
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet
  • computers
  • nursing
  • research challenges
  • technology challenges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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