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Title: To Track or Not to Track: User Reactions to Concepts in Longitudinal Health Monitoring
Authors: Beaudin, Jennifer S
Intille, Stephen S
Morris, Margaret E
Keywords: Original Paper
User-computer interface
computers, handheld
ubiquitous computing
home monitoring
personal monitoring
personal tracking
personal health record
self-help devices
smart homes
Issue Date: 7-Dec-2006
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Jennifer S Beaudin, Stephen S Intille, Margaret E Morris. To Track or Not to Track: User Reactions to Concepts in Longitudinal Health Monitoring. J Med Internet Res 2006;8(4):e29 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2006/4/e29/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2006/4/e29/ ] Background: Advances in ubiquitous computing, smart homes, and sensor technologies enable novel, longitudinal health monitoring applications in the home. Many home monitoring technologies have been proposed to detect health crises, support aging-in-place, and improve medical care. Health professionals and potential end users in the lay public, however, sometimes question whether home health monitoring is justified given the cost and potential invasion of privacy. Objective: The aim of the study was to elicit specific feedback from health professionals and laypeople about how they might use longitudinal health monitoring data for proactive health and well-being. Methods: Interviews were conducted with 8 health professionals and 26 laypeople. Participants were asked to evaluate mock data visualization displays that could be generated by novel home monitoring systems. The mock displays were used to elicit reactions to longitudinal monitoring in the home setting as well as what behaviors, events, and physiological indicators people were interested in tracking. Results: Based on the qualitative data provided by the interviews, lists of benefits of and concerns about health tracking from the perspectives of the practitioners and laypeople were compiled. Variables of particular interest to the interviewees, as well as their specific ideas for applications of collected data, were documented. Conclusions: Based upon these interviews, we recommend that ubiquitous “monitoring” systems may be more readily adopted if they are developed as tools for personalized, longitudinal self-investigation that help end users learn about the conditions and variables that impact their social, cognitive, and physical health.
Description: Reviewer: Rogers, Wendy
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.8.4.e29
ISSN: 1438-8871
Rights: © Jennifer S Beaudin, Stephen S Intille, Margaret E Morris. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 07.12.2006. Except where otherwise noted, articles published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, including full bibliographic details and the URL (see "please cite as" above), and this statement is included.
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