Home-based telemonitoring in heart failure patients can reduce all-cause mortality and the relative risk of heart failure-related hospitalization compared to standard care. However, technology use depends, among other things, on user acceptance, making it important to include potential users early in development. In a home-based healthcare project (a feasibility project) a participatory approach was chosen in preparation for future development of contactless camera-based telemonitoring in heart disease patients. The project study patients (n = 18) were surveyed regarding acceptance and design expectations, and acceptance-enhancing measures and design suggestions were then drawn from the results. The study patients corresponded to the target group of potential future users. 83% of respondents showed high acceptance. 17% of those surveyed were more skeptical with moderate or low acceptance. The latter were female, mostly living alone, and without technical expertise. Low acceptance was associated with a higher expectation of effort and lower perception of self-efficacy and lower integratability into daily rhythms. For the design, the respondents found independent operation of the technology very important. Furthermore, concerns were expressed about the new measuring technology, e.g., anxiety about constant surveillance. The acceptance of a new generation of medical technology (contactless camera-based measuring technology) for telemonitoring is already quite high in the surveyed group of older users (60+). Specific user expectations concerning design should be considered during development to increase acceptance by potential users even more.
|Published - Mar 2023
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Impact, Technology, Failure, Medicine, Heart Diseases/therapy, Delivery of Health Care, Humans, Female, Male, Heart Failure/therapy, Feasibility Studies