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Critical Design Factors for Information Technology Supporting Type 1 Diabetes Management

Background: During childhood, patients with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) are reliant on an informal caregiver (parent or guardian) for day-to-day disease management. Upon entering adolescence, patients are expected to adopt a greater role in self-management. However, adolescents often have difficulty adhering to management regimens, which can lead to poor health outcomes.

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 15:19

A study of health seeking behavior in families of children with Type 1 diabetes

Objectives: Importance of HSB is increasing being recognized in understanding patient compliance, adequacy of followup, and seeking of alternative therapies (AT), which impact glycemic control. We looked at HSB of T1D caregivers.

Methods: 56 families: Child's T1D duration >1 y, were interviewed: 49 coming to a private clinic, 7 in government hospitals. SES was low in 20, upper/middle ("non-poor") in 36.

Wed, 12/21/2022 - 11:06

The lived experience of parents whose children are deafblind: an occupational perspective...College of Occupational Therapists Conference, June 28-30, 2016

This study explores the lived experience of parents whose children are deafblind and examines whether it can be considered a meaningful occupation. The number of people who are deafblind is growing (Robertson and Emerson 2010), as are the number of parent-carers, yet deafblind research traditionally follows a medical model, focusing on older people (Brennan et al. 2005).

Wed, 12/21/2022 - 10:32

Calculation and Analysis of Family Care Burden Coefficient

The family care burden can be identified by measuring the family support burden coefficient, the support burden coefficient and the family special disability, the patient population care coefficient three quantifiable numerical indicators to identify the most urgent housing needs.

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:24

Burdens on caregivers of children ages one to sixteen years living with sickle cell disease attending a specialised clinic in urban, Jamaica

Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD) requires continuous familycentred management due to its chronicity and severity. Affected children depend greatly on their caregivers for assistance. SCD is the fourth leading cause of hospitalisation in children in Jamaica, with an incidence rate of 1:150 births. This strong dependence, frequent hospitalisation, medical visits and along with the unpredictable nature of the disease may cause financial strain and caregiver burden.

Sat, 01/15/2022 - 15:04

Caring4Dementia: A mobile application to train people caring for patients with dementia

Dementia is a term used when the brain functionality reduces in terms of behaviour, memory and thinking clearly for daily activities. In the early stages, memory impairment limits the memory processes in patients with dementia (PwD). In advanced stages, it affects the PwD’s autonomy when performing complex daily activities such as PwD’s interaction and communication with people around them. Dementia is becoming one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide.

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:40

Caring for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers: A qualitative study investigating opportunities for exergame innovation

The number of informal caregivers for family members with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is rising dramatically in the United States. AD caregivers disproportionately experience numerous health problems and are often isolated with little support. An active lifestyle can help prevent and mitigate physical and psychological health concerns amongst AD caregivers. Research has demonstrated how pervasive exergames can encourage physical activity (PA) in the general population, yet little work has explored how these tools can address the significant PA barriers that AD caregivers face.

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 11:16

Virtual Patient Interaction via Communicative Acts

In the context of assisting informal caregivers of Alzheimer Disease patients, this article presents the design and preliminary implementation of a serious game in which two agents a user-controlled caregiver and a virtual patient communicate via specifically-designed dialog acts, reflecting both pedagogically appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. 

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:22

Give me a break: Design for communication among family caregivers and respite caregivers

This study focuses on solutions to issues that arise from gaps in communication between primary family caregivers of older adults and respite caregivers. We collected data through 18 semi-structured interviews with primary family and respite caregivers and qualitatively analyzed the interviews to extract common needs. Participants identified three main needs that our designs address: building trust through status updates, learning routines & care management, and accessing technology.

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:20

Transforming care: innovation and sustainability (3rd Transforming Care Conference, 26-28 June 2017, Milan, Italy)

The focus of the ‘3rd Transforming Care Conference’ was twofold: (1) tensions between policy and social innovation in care policies; and (2) pressures on the financial and social sustainability of care systems. The rationale for choosing these topics stems from the fact that care policies are rooted in dynamic and unstable financial and social environments, thereby necessitating responses to many long-term and intergenerational challenges.

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:18

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