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Empowering health care professionals by IS education: Enhancing reflective empowerment
Internationella Handelshögskolan i Jönköping.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2010 / [ed] Trish Alexander, Marita Turpin and JP van Deventer, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper presents findings from a research study of an information systems master program in Sweden, targeting healthcare professionals. The aim of the study was to explore if and how mechanisms of empowerment and reflective practice can be evoked in healthcare professionals by participating in a master program in information systems. A mixed research methodology was applied, including participant observation, document analysis and a learning style inventory. The findings of the study showed signs of the students achieving a higher degree of empowerment in their professional roles, as well as beginning to actively use reflective practice as a means of professional development. The findings are summarised in a tentative framework of reflective empowerment. The findings call for further research on how IT-centred master programs targeting healthcare professional could enhance professional development.

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IT to empower, Health informatics/health information systems/medical informatics, IS Education, Learning models/theory
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Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120692ISBN: 978-0-620-47172-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120692DiVA: diva2:303835
The 18th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2010, Pretoria, South Africa, 7-9 June 2010
Available from: 2010-03-15 Created: 2010-03-15 Last updated: 2010-12-08Bibliographically approved

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