Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Health Information Technology, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of Health Information Management, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Computer and Information Technology, Paramedical School, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 Department of Health Information Management and Technology, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of Health Service Management, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

6 Education Development Center, Quality Improvement in Clinical Education Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Today, progressing science and technology at
all domains, including education and research, will bring new
opportunities to resolve the communication and interaction
problems. The aim of this study was to determine potential factors
affecting the thesis supervision and provide a web-based solution.
Methods: This is a developmental study conducted in two
theoretical and technical phases at the Shiraz University of
Medical Sciences in 2017. The theoretical phase was performed
in three stages, including literature review and investigating
the existing studies and Delphi’s study based experts’ view as
well as identifying the thesis supervision status based on 200
postgraduate students’ point of view. The technical phase had
two stages, including to draw processes and to design the physical
and logic schemes of the system. The Thesis Tele-Supervision
software named SAHPAD was designed by C# and ASP. NET
programing languages.
Results: The results showed that out of 40 potential factors
specified at the first stage of theoretical phase by using experts’
opinion, 13 items were selected as the main factors. According to
the results obtained from the students’ views at the third stage, the
factor of “accessibility” had the minimum score, i.e. 3.15 mean of
four, which was the worst status.
Conclusion: The designed system covered from the beginning
to the end of the thesis workflow at its electronic frame with its
various capabilities such as the interaction of the research team to
decide the title, draft the proposal, prepare for thesis defense,etc.

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