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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2008;14(4):431-438.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2008.14.4.431    Published online December 31, 2008.
Study of u-Health Definition using Q method's Subjectivity Analysis
Jeongeun Kim
1College of Nursing Seoul National University, Korea.
2Research Institute of Nursing Science Seoul National University, Korea.

OBJECTIVE: This study attempted to analyze and to give a concrete form of u-Health concept which has very broad and diverse definitions until now, because of the newness of the concept.

METHOD: Q method was adopted to unravel the concept, and 50 Q-statements were selected and rated by 48 P-samples, and the resulting data were analyzed by factor analysis of SPSS.

RESULT: Six factors were drawn as to Potentiality, Functionality, Technology, Integrity, Futuristic and Consumer-centered. The concept u-Health was defined as “Futuristic functional healthcare service which is consumer-centered and has enormous potentiality utilizing technology”.

CONCLUSION: Based on the definition, u-Health should be expanded and extended crossover the boundaries of disciplines and professionals to make it the real fruition of “Consilience”.

Key Words: u-Health, Q method, Q-statement, Q-sample, P-sample
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