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Áit Eile project evaluation

Research Staff

Dr. Diane Hogan, Colm Smyth

About the Project

Background

The Áit Eile (Another World) communications system was developed by the Centre for Health Informatics, Trinity College Dublin in conjunction with six hospital schools in Ireland. Áit Eile was developed to address the perceived psychosocial needs of seriously ill children and adolescents in hospital, by creating a virtual community for children in hospital that would empower chronically ill children to combat the medical and emotional challenges that they face on a daily basis (Áit Eile Scope Document, 2001). The project proposed to facilitate direct communication through email, live chat, video and audio conferencing, via a number of different localities including hospital to hospital and hospital to school. Additional features of the system include a Fun Zone, where children can play games, a Bulletin Board where children can post messages to each other and where Áit Eile 'events' can be advertised, and an Education Zone which can enable children to find out more about their specific illnesses.

What did the research involve?

This evaluation looked at the present functioning of Áit Eile in relation to its intended usage, and identified, through a combination of feedback from teachers, children and system administrators, areas where changes can be made to enhance the overall effectiveness of the system.


Last updated 15 March 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).