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Mapping disease data: A usability test of an internet based system of disease status disclosure

Enticott, Gareth ORCID:, Mitchell, A., Tait, N. and Wint, W. 2018. Mapping disease data: A usability test of an internet based system of disease status disclosure. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 4 , 230. 10.3389/fvets.2017.00230

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Disease maps are important tools in the management of disease. By communicating risk, disease maps can help raise awareness of disease and encourage farmers and veterinarians to employ best practice to eliminate the spread of disease. However, despite the importance of disease maps in communicating risk and the existence of various online disease maps, there are few studies that explicitly examine their usability. Where disease maps are complicated to use, it seems that they are unlikely to be used effectively. The paper outlines an attempt to create an open access, online, searchable map of incidents of bovine tuberculosis in England and Wales, and analyzes its usability among veterinarians. The paper describes the process of creating the map before describing the results of a series of usability trials. Results show the map to score highly on different measures of usability. However, the trials also revealed a number of social and technical limitations and challenges facing the use of online disease maps, including reputational dangers, role confusion, data accuracy, and data representation. The paper considers the challenges facing disease maps and their potential role in designing new methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of disease prevention initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 2297-1769
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 January 2018
Date of Acceptance: 12 December 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 21:23

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