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|Title:||Patient-centred cardio vascular disease management – end-user perceptions|
|Author(s):||Anandhi Vivek Dhukaram, (School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK), Chris Baber, (School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK), Paolo De Stefanis, (LABOR Srl, Roma, Italy)|
|Citation:||Anandhi Vivek Dhukaram, Chris Baber, Paolo De Stefanis, (2012) "Patient-centred cardio vascular disease management – end-user perceptions", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 6 Iss: 2, pp.105 - 122|
|Keywords:||Cardiac patients, Cross-cultural studies, End user aspects, Health services, Italy, Patients, Pervasive healthcare systems, United Kingdom|
|DOI:||10.1108/17549451211234966 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors thank all the patients and care-givers. This study is supported by EUROPEAN UNION FP VII project number 248694 (BRAVEHEALTH).|
Purpose – The application of pervasive systems to healthcare has increased in recent years, but resistance to such systems by patients remains high. In this study, the aim is to examine patient and caregiver perceptions of this technology to further develop an understanding of the benefits and functionalities that prospective patients deem as desirable, undesirable, inadequate or in need of further development. The study was conducted as part of the European Union BraveHealth project which is developing a patient-centred pervasive healthcare system to support cardiac patients at home in everyday life using innovative monitoring and diagnosis, thereby enabling the patient to be more proactive in health management.
Design/methodology/approach – Focus group studies were conducted in Italy and the Midlands area of the UK, along with a 31-item questionnaire. The findings were categorized under seven main headings: personal profile; benefits; adoption; acceptance; risks; security, privacy and trust; and (use of) cell phone.
Findings – In the focus group study, most participants felt that there is a great future for this technology and showed positive response to the potential benefits but there are concerns over reliability, security, privacy and trust.
Social implications – Even though this study constitutes only a small group of participants, the Italian and UK study does represent similar patients' and caregivers perceptions towards at-home healthcare systems.
Originality/value – This paper contributes to the understanding of the benefits and functionalities that prospective patients and care-givers deem as either desirable or undesirable.
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