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Telehealth: supporting self-management of health and community based care

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Martin, Suzanne, Thomson, Eileen, Mathews, Stephen, McCullagh, PJ, Lightbody, G, Ware, Melanie and Mulvenna, Maurice (2011) Telehealth: supporting self-management of health and community based care. International Journal of Integrated Care, 11 . p. 1. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Introduction: Telehealthcare is fundamental to supporting self-management of health and community based care. For people with complex physical disability the technical challenge is often around how to achieve accessible systems alongside limited or deteriorating functional ability. This paper presents user focused research into a brain computer interface (BCI) helping to sustain community based supported living.Aims: To develop a flexible BCI system for use by people with acquired brain injury at home, by providing a range of BCI paradigms to enable functional control over existing home based technologies.Methods: Using qualitative methods of participatory research with a strong lead user focus five participants based at a cedar supported living option have provided data to highlight user needs. In addition, significant user testing within the home environment has validated technical design.Results: User needs and preferences related to functional requirements and preliminary results from testing the BCI (SSVEP) can be presented.Conclusions: Systems for telehealth have become more ubiquitous for people with cognitive impairment. Telecare services for older people are fairly well developed, however, there are a significant number of people with deteriorating physical function who require issues of access to be explored. BCI offers one solution.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:22315
Deposited By:Professor Maurice Mulvenna
Deposited On:25 May 2012 11:50
Last Modified:02 Jul 2012 09:16

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