© 2011

Designing User Studies in Informatics


Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Designing the User Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 3-28
    3. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 29-53
    4. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 55-83
    5. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 85-94
    6. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 95-104
    7. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 105-110
  3. Practical Tips

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 113-123
    3. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 125-130
    4. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 131-137
    5. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 153-166
    6. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 167-177
  4. Common Mistakes to Avoid

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 181-188
    3. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 189-196
    4. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 197-202
    5. Gondy Leroy
      Pages 203-212

About this book


Computer software is becoming increasingly pervasive in all aspects of everyday life and frequently plays a decisive factor in people’s decisions. User studies of such software and its components will provide developers with essential data for improving designs and products while allowing causal conclusion to be drawn about effectiveness and usefulness.

Designing User Studies in Informatics is intended as a practical guide for academics and business professionals wanting to evaluate user interactions with software. It provides a succinct overview of the theoretical background and includes the user study designs most suited for evaluating software and its components combined with a practical, hands-on approach to executing them. While applicable to all domains, the book concentrates on examples taken primarily from medicine and healthcare.

“This is an excellent, practical handbook that is unique in its highlighting of critical study design flaws, such as comparisons of new software with demo software or default values, and the remedies against them.” Carol Friedman, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

“From variable selection through the process of identification of the appropriate type of experimental design for a particular user study, Dr Leroy’s book aids the informatician in the scientific process. This book fill an important niche in reducing time to discovery and should be required reading by anyone conducting user studies in informatics.” Kristin M. Tolle, Ph.D., Director of Natural User Interfaces, Microsoft Research Connections

"I’ve wished for a book like this since I started grad school. So many resources either belabor ‘why’, neglecting ‘how-to’, or focus on minute details, losing sight of the overall task. The real studies described in this book illuminate how various research concepts and techniques apply to informatics and provide concrete ideas on how to conduct valid, informative, and publishable studies.” Byron Marshall, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Oregon State University

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., School of Information Systems and TechnoClaremont Graduate UniversityMesaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Designing User Studies in Informatics
  • Authors Gondy Leroy
  • Series Title Health Informatics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Health Informatics (formerly:Computers in Health Care)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-85729-621-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2696-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-85729-622-1
  • Series ISSN 1431-1917
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Informatics
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