Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 6th International Conference, MobiHealth 2016, Milan, Italy, November 14-16, 2016, Proceedings

Research Article

Monitoring Patients in Ambulatory Palliative Care: A Design for an Observational Study

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-58877-3_28,
        author={Vanessa Klaas and Alberto Calatroni and Michael Hardegger and Matthias Guckenberger and Gudrun Theile and Gerhard Tr\o{}ster},
        title={Monitoring Patients in Ambulatory Palliative Care: A Design for an Observational Study},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 6th International Conference, MobiHealth 2016, Milan, Italy, November 14-16, 2016, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2017},
        month={6},
        keywords={Palliative Care User interviews Remote monitoring systems Real-world deployment Wearable sensing},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-58877-3_28}
    }
    
  • Vanessa Klaas
    Alberto Calatroni
    Michael Hardegger
    Matthias Guckenberger
    Gudrun Theile
    Gerhard Tröster
    Year: 2017
    Monitoring Patients in Ambulatory Palliative Care: A Design for an Observational Study
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58877-3_28
Vanessa Klaas1,*, Alberto Calatroni1, Michael Hardegger1, Matthias Guckenberger2, Gudrun Theile2, Gerhard Tröster1
  • 1: ETH Zurich
  • 2: University Hospital Zurich
*Contact email: Vanessa.Klaas@ife.ee.ethz.ch

Abstract

We present the setup of an observational study that aims to examine the application of wearables in ambulatory palliative care to monitor the patients’ health status – especially during the transition phase from hospital to home since this phase is critical and often patients are re-hospitalised. Following an user-centred design approach, we performed interviews with patients recruited at the Clinic of Radiation Oncology of the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. The patient group was perceived as very vulnerable and varied largely in physiological burden and mental aspects. Special needs concern primarily obtrusiveness of the system and sensitivity in the work with this vulnerable patient group.