eGUIDES: Electronic Guideline Usability and Information Design Evaluation Study

Consumer and Public Health Informatics and ePublishing Lab


The purpose of this study is to assess, improve and test various formats of electronic clinical guidelines and make design recommendations to enhance knowledge transfer.


Healthcare providers and consumers rely on clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews to make informed decisions, establish policy and plan research agendas. These guidelines and reviews are increasingly offered and accessed over the Internet, but there has been little or no research into what kind of format is the best to convey health information to significantly enhance both healthcare provider and consumer knowledge.

The objective of this study is to assess, improve and test various formats of guidelines and make design recommendations to guarantee increased information retention. This project will use different qualitative research methods, including focus groups, comparisons between different formats and video-taping people accessing guidelines and reviews online to identify any problems during their interaction. The aim is to make guidelines and reviews concise and easily understood, especially when they are electronically presented.

The results of this study will develop a checklist of design features for those creating guidelines and reviews for both the healthcare provider and the consumer. It is expected that the findings of this study will greatly influence the design of existing and future clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews. The design recommendations will educate and inform the users of this online information, and have a significant influence on public health.

Funding Agency

Canadian Institutes for Health Research


Principal Investigator

  • Eysenbach, G.


  • Browman, G.
  • Jadad, A.
  • Kushniruk, A.
  • Bastian, H.
  • Davis, D.


Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network

Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre

York University

Cochrane Consumer Network / Cochrane Consumer WebsiteKnowledge Translation Program, University of Toronto

For more information about this project, contact:

Gunther Eysenbach