The importance of ergodesign in the assessment of CD-ROMS about dengue fever and chagas disease in health education

Denise Nacif Pimenta Heloisa Maria Nogueira Diniz Manuel de Almeida Magalhães Andrade Patrícia Rezende de Oliveira Juliana Ferreira da Silva João Carlos Pinto Dias Virgínia Torres Schall Robson Santos About the authors

In the intersection between health, education and the control and prevention of infectious and parasitic diseases, ergodesign concepts and practices are considered fundamental elements in the generation of interfaces for learning materials in health, reflecting the relationship between user, tasks and environments. The authors conducted CD-ROM assessments based on ergodesign principles, with the aim of contributing to the access and dissemination of information relating to health and assisting in interactive learning for mid- and high-level health professionals. 21 digital materials about the two diseases, from national and international institutions, were surveyed. The materials were assessed through a checklist called the ergolist. It was found that the evaluated materials did not fully meet the evaluation criteria. The evaluation and production of information and communication technologies, such as educational and interactive CD-ROMs, based on ergodesign principles, can be a facilitating instrument in the dissemination of information and shrinking of frontiers between education and health.

health education; dengue fever and Chagas disease; ergodesign; CD-ROM


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