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|Title:||User-Centred Requirements Analysis and Evidence-Informed Design Solutions for a Chronic Disease Self-Management System|
|Abstract:||Chronic diseases consume over 40% of the direct costs of healthcare in Canada. It is therefore imperative to limit or reduce this financial burden in order to maintain or improve the quality that Canadians expect from their healthcare system. One way to do this is to devise cost-effective ways to help patients manage their own chronic illnesses better in collaboration with their circles of care (caregivers, care providers, and others who help to care for patients). Providing online support that assists chronically ill patients has been shown to be effective in many scientific studies. Since there are many characteristics of chronic illnesses that are similar, high quality online support is adaptable to a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.). This study focuses on the design of an online self-care application MyPADMGT for one specific chronic disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which clinicians, patients with PAD, their informal caregivers, and allied healthcare professionals can use to support and improve patient self-care, potentially leading to better quality of life. Approximately half a million people in Canada suffer from PAD, so this approach to dealing with just this one debilitating chronic disease could give a boost to quality of life for a significant number of patients. This approach is generalizable to patient support for many other chronic illnesses. In this study, using the Persona-Scenario Method, PAD surgeons, patients and their informal caregivers were asked to create Personas and describe the Scenarios in which Personas would interact with the MyPADMGT online application. The results were used to identify patterns in user requirements and preferences, leading to the appropriate evidence-informed design solutions for MyPADMGT.|
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