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Technology Adoption as Process: A Case of Integrating an Information-Intensive Website into a Patient Education Helpline
Behaviour & Information Technology
  • Brett E. Shelton, Utah State University
  • Jennifer Turns, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
  • Tracey S. Wagner, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
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Taylor & Francis
Publication Date
This study followed the introduction of the Arthritis Source website into the existing teaching practices of Arthritis Foundation Helpline volunteers. The goal was to examine what factors may affect a particular group of educators adopt a potentially valuable Internet tool into an existing instructional environment. Defining the possible uses of the website in reference to the volunteers' actual job duties helped provide a clearer understanding of how the volunteers might use this new technology. The researchers used qualitative techniques to focus on three volunteers who experienced different physical, environmental and cognitive means that impacted their use of the new tool. Each volunteer experienced varying levels of motivation in areas of learning, satisfaction and responses to outside influences. Each volunteer also had varying amounts of opportunity prompts in which to interact or refer the website. Consequently, Helpline volunteers experienced different rates of adopting the information-intensive website into their traditional work system.
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Citation Information
Shelton, B. E., Turns, J., & Wagner, T. S. (2002). Technology adoption as process: A case of integrating an information-intensive website into a patient education helpline. Behaviour & Information Technology, 21(3), 209-222.