The use of web2 tools in action research

Raymond Kolbæk, Randi Steensgaard, Sanne Angel

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Abstract Content: Major challenges occurs, when trying to implement research in clinical practice. In the West Danish
Center for Spinal Cord Injury, we are doing a practice-based ph.d. project, that involves the practice field's own members
as co-researchers. In the management of the project we use several web2 tools for managing, communications, reporting
and learning purposes.
The purpose is to search for insight into how nursing staff can work with spinal cord injured patients so they achieve
meaningful control and independence in their own lives through participation in rehabilitation.
Furthermore we try to evidence-based the concept of "Sample handlings" and examines whether this concept can be
used as a flexible methodological tool for developing workflow that promotes patient participation in their own
We use a action research design to identify actual problems, develop, to test, evaluate and implement specific actions to
promote patient participation in rehabilitation.
Four nurses and four social and health assistants is having a "co-researcher" active role. The interaction with the
researchers creates a reflexive and dynamic process with a learning and competence-building perspective supported by
web2 tools as they are used to report, reflect and manage data provided by the co-researchers, but also are used to
manage meetings, agendas, dissiminate knowledge and information and to manage project workflow.
We have seen that the co-researchers shows great commitment and expressed an increased knowledge of patient
participation, as well as reflections on their own practice which has already resulted in a more reflective and focused
approach to the patient and his own participation in rehabilitation.
But we have also seen that the co-researcher group, the reference group and the researchers themselves have felt
strange and confused about the use of online tools. For example, some of the participants did not want to use
Facebook as a communication medium, as several did not have a Facebook account, while others would not want to mix
work and leisure together.
The web2 tools used is Doodle, Padled and Trello, all in their basic free versions.
the lecture will address some of the obstacles that have been implementing these tools in the research process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date27 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017


  • disease, health science and nursing


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