A user-centred approach to designing an etool for gout management

Anna Fernon, Amy Nguyen, Melissa Baysari, Richard Day

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Abstract

Introduction: Gout is a chronic inflammatory arthritis with increasing prevalence in Australia and rates of non-adherence to therapy higher than for any other chronic disease. Electronic health interventions can increase adherence to treatment for many chronic diseases. This study set out to involve end-user patients in the design of a gout self-management eTool. Methods: Four semistructured focus group sessions were held in July and August 2015 with 13 patients with gout (age range 39-79 years). Focus groups involved group discussions of potential eTool features and critiquing disease self-management websites and applications. Focus group sessions were audio-taped, transcribed and analysed by two independent researchers to identify useful eTool features and patient perspectives of using technology to manage their health. Findings: Participants were open to using a supportive gout self-management eTool and identified a number of potentially helpful features, including educational material, serum uric acid monitoring and medication reminder alerts. Discussion: Focus groups with patients with gout revealed a number of features that should be included in a gout self-management eTool. These results will inform the design and implementation of an eTool for patients with gout and may be broadly applicable to teams designing eTools for other chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Health Innovation for Consumers, Clinicians, Connectivity and Community
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from the 24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2016
EditorsAndrew Georgiou, Louise K. Schaper, Sue Whetton
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages28-33
Number of pages6
Volume227
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996668
ISBN (Print)9781614996651
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2016 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 25 Jul 201627 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume227
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2016
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period25/07/1627/07/16

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    Fernon, A., Nguyen, A., Baysari, M., & Day, R. (2016). A user-centred approach to designing an etool for gout management. In A. Georgiou, L. K. Schaper, & S. Whetton (Eds.), Digital Health Innovation for Consumers, Clinicians, Connectivity and Community: Selected Papers from the 24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2016 (Vol. 227, pp. 28-33). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 227). Amsterdam: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-666-8-28