The Wearable Clinic: Exploring and quantifying preferences of people with long term conditions towards the use of wearable technologies to support collaborative management
The study will investigate how digital technologies can be used to help people with long term conditions to take greater responsibility for managing their own health and care. Our long term aim is to bring together digital technologies and software, such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches as part of a new service called the ‘Wearable Clinic’. To inform the design of the Wearable Clinic we want to speak to people with certain long term conditions to understand what features might be most useful for different types of people.
What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this study is to understand what people think about using the Wearable Clinic to help them manage aspects of their health and care. We want to run a series of focus groups (a form of group interview) to understand what types of support and care people would value the most (and least) and to understand their reasons for this. These findings will be used to inform the next phase of design in the Wearable Clinic.
Who can take part?
In this phase of the study, we are looking for people aged 18 and over who have been affected by chronic kidney disease (stage 3 onwards) within the last 2 years to take part in focus groups. You should be prepared to discuss ways of managing your own health and care in daily life using digital devices.
What will the research involve?
If you take part in the study you will be invited to take part in a focus group along with other people with the same condition. As part of your group we will ask for your views about:
- How your condition affects your daily life currently
- Ways of managing your own condition
- Using digital devices as part of a new service
The focus group will last up to 2 hours and will be held at an accessible venue in central Manchester. You will receive a small reimbursement in the form of gift vouchers to compensate you for your time, plus we will cover your local travel expenses.
Contact for further information
To find out more or to express an interest in participating, either: