Use of photo diary and focus group to explore needs for digital disease management program among community older adults with chronic disease

Mei Chen Kuo, Ching Min Chen, Fong Gong Wu, Chien Hsu Chen, Zong Xian Yin, Ching Yi Wang

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Abstract

As technology advanced, new e-health solutions are evolved to empower people to manage their care at home. This study explored the needs for disease management in activity tracking using photo diary through older adults’ subjective perspective. It further aimed to suggest which lifestyle measures, symptoms and behaviours would be meaningful to include in such a digital diseases care management program for technology design. Both photo diary and focus group discussion were used, 11 older adults with multiple metabolism-related chronic diseases (Mean age, 72.5 ± 6.14 years) were recruited and asked to carry out the photo diary to trace their living situation and needs using a tablet camera. A focus group discussion was applied to identify the needs of chronic disease management, based on the results of living context tracing. Five themes, regular physical activity, smart management of healthy behaviors, healthy diet, regular daily routine and social connection, were identified by content analysis from photo diary and the focus group discussion. The results indicated that the photo diary program can raise awareness and promotes positive behavior changes. It is believed that the E-approach can be applied to the effectively enhance older adults’ self-management by monitoring their health status and their daily routine activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)926-936
Number of pages11
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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