Enabling older adults to carry out paperless falls-risk self-assessments using guidetomeasure-3D: A mixed methods study.

Affiliation

Department of Computer Science, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The home environment falls-risk assessment process (HEFAP) is a widely used falls prevention intervention strategy which involves a clinician using paper-based measurement guidance to ensure that appropriate information and measurements are taken and recorded accurately. Despite the current use of paper-based guidance, over 30% of all assistive devices installed within the home are abandoned by patients. This is in part due to poor fit between the device, the patient, and the environment in which it is installed. Currently HEFAP is a clinician-led process, however, older adult patients are increasingly being expected to collect HEFAP measurements themselves as part of the personalisation agenda. Without appropriate patient-centred guidance, levels of device abandonment to are likely to rise to unprecedented levels. This study presents guidetomeasure-3D, a mobile 3D measurement guidance application designed to support patients in carrying out HEFAP self-assessments.

Keywords

3D mobile visualisation,Assistive equipment,Extrinsic risk factors,Falls,Health informatics,Measurement guidance,Occupational therapy,Self-assessment,Technology-based systems,

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