Usability of digital media in patients with copd: a pilot study

A. Cheung*, A. Janssen, O. Amft, E.F.M. Wouters, M.A. Spruit

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Background: Digital media can be integrated in tele-monitoring as the main interface between the patient and the caregiver. selection of the most appropriate digital medium for the specified is critical to ensure compliance with the tele-monitoring system. This pilot study aims to gather insights from patients with chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) on the ease-of-use, efficacy, effectiveness, satisfaction of different types of digital media. Methods: Five off-the- digital media devices were tested on nine patients at CIRO+ in Horn, The Netherlands. Usability was evaluated by asking patients to use each answer questions related to their symptoms and health status. patients completed a paper-based device usability questionnaire, which prior experience with digital media, device dimensions, device response speed, screen readability, ease-of-use, and overall testing all the devices, patients ranked the devices according to their preference. Results: We identified the netbook as the preferred type of due to its good controllability, fast response time, and large screen smartphone was the least favorite device as patients found the size of to be too small, which made it difficult to interact with. Conclusion: study has provided important insights to guide the selection of the most appropriate type of digital medium for implementation in tele-monitoring solutions for patients with COPD. As the digital medium is an important to the patient in tele-monitoring solutions, it is essential that motivated to interact with the digital medium on a regular basis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • COPD
  • User-computer interface
  • Mobile phone
  • Computer
  • CARE

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