ESR10: Developing persuasive and adaptive ICT solutions that encourage carers’ willingness to care in real time, tailored to contexts


Work package 2
ESR Shweta Premanandan
Supervisor Prof. Pär Ågerfalk
Co-supervisor Prof. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen & Dr. Jonas Sjöström
Host institution Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
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Contact supervisor par.agerfalk@im.uu.se

Objectives: To investigate context drive, dynamic and persuasive technologies adaptive to needs of end-users and stakeholders, to provide a real-time unobtrusive eCoaching strategy to intervene at the right moment, given the “vulnerability” and dynamic demands of the target group (carers and relatives)

eHealth Technology is considered as a challenge to resist future problems with ageing, expected limited budgets in healthcare and diversity in needs and demands of people. However, the return on investment of eHealth is too low due to high cost, low impact of technologies and obtrusive designs of ICT solutions. The context of our ESR project is willingness to care and vulnerability to receive support by providing persuasive eCoaching strategies to encourage dyadic interactions (carers and relatives). Agile development (CeHRres-Roadmap) will be used to iteratively develop and evaluate the coaching system with stakeholders (companies, healthcare management, those with an interest in ICT-solutions) and end-users. A Mixed methods design will be applied to support process and outcome evaluations testing prototypes and models. We will use usability tests, logdata in combination with ecological monitoring, and factorial designs (SMART, MOST) to assess what specific technology features contributes to outcomes (engagement, adherence, willingness to care), and machine (unsupervised, supervised) learning techniques.

Expected Results: This ESR results in 1) products: prototypes to support eCoaching to encourage willingness to care in dyadic settings; results in 2) ICT services: we will deliver a multidisciplinary methodology toolkit to develop unobtrusive and persuasive ICT solutions across countries, and incorporating cultural diversities and differences in infrastructures to implement ICT solutions. We create a multidisciplinary roadmap with involved companies to agile develop the products and services.

Planned secondments:
Host Secondment supervisor Aim Duration
University of Twente, the Netherlands Prof. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen To learn about persuasive profiling 3 months
BrandNewHealth, Belgium Dr. Steven de Peuter To create services to support real time coaching in different contexts and cultural settings, and to explore how interactive technologies could be used to encourage carers and relatives, and re-humanize healthcare 3 months

Outcomes