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ThinkMind // eTELEMED 2013, The Fifth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine // View article etelemed_2013_16_20_40234


Usability of a Home-Based Monitoring System for Community-Dwelling Elderly People during a Pilot Study

Authors:
Joan Vermeulen
Jacques C. L. Neyens
Marieke D. Spreeuwenberg
Erik van Rossum
Walther Sipers
Herbert Habets
David J. Hewson
Luc P. de Witte

Keywords: telemonitoring; physical functioning; usability; elderly people

Abstract:
The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the usability of a monitoring system that can monitor indicators of physical functioning (weight, balance, grip strength, and physical activity) in community-dwelling elderly people. Monitoring such indicators can identify elderly people who could benefit from (preventive) interventions. The system can also provide feedback to support elderly people in their self-management. A geriatrician invited patients aged 70 years or older to participate in the pilot study. Participants rated the usability of the monitoring system after using the system at home for three weeks. Usability was measured on a 7-point scale using an adapted version of the Post-Study System Usability Questionnaire and by logging errors that occurred in a diary. Six participants between 79 and 83 years old were included and four of them completed the pilot study. The mean usability score was 5.2 (SD .90) and scores ranged from 3.8 to 6.2. The participants were mostly positive about the usability of the monitoring system but some improvements have to be made before the system can be implemented and evaluated on a larger scale.

Pages: 296 to 300

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2013

Publication date: February 24, 2013

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4359

ISBN: 978-1-61208-252-3

Location: Nice, France

Dates: from February 24, 2013 to March 1, 2013

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