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Exploring the Potential for Technology to Improve Cystic Fibrosis Care Provision: Patient and Professional Perspectives

Lookup NU author(s): Sunil Rodger



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Health care systems increasingly promote self-management of chronic conditions outside of traditional clinical environments, often through technologies which help to support patient self-care and engagement with medical professionals. We investigate specialist care provision in cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-shortening genetic condition, to understand the experiences of those living with it and of professionals who provide such care. Our work highlights how the motivations for the use of technology in this context are often intrinsically linked to the nature of CF itself and the constraints that the condition imposes on care provision. These include the high burden associated with self-management and clinic attendance; the ever-present risk of infection and a subsequent decline in health; and patients who are often very well-informed and actively engaged in their care. In exploring enablers and barriers to technology in this context, we highlight the importance of considering its integration into the chronic care cycles, practices, and structures of CF care.

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Author(s): Rodger S, O'Hara K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Year: 2019

Volume: 3

Issue: CSCW

Pages: 26

Print publication date: 01/11/2019

Online publication date: 12/11/2019

Acceptance date: 01/08/2019

Date deposited: 24/11/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2573-0142

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/3359223


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