Tailored information technology in healthcare: Methodology of a case study using a web application in total hip arthroplasty

Bob Sander Groeneveld, Marijke Melles, Stephan Vehmeijer, Nina Mathijssen, Richard Goossens

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After a Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA), post-discharge contact moments with care providers may be scarce. Online resources may offer support, but Human Factors Engineering methods are needed to tailor these resources to patients’ varying post-surgery information needs. In order to evaluate tailored components in a web application and to refine guidelines for tailored Information Technology (IT) in healthcare, the authors developed a tailored web application for THA patients. The web application informs THA patients about recommended activity levels in the first months after surgery using individualized thresholds based on daily step counts. The feedback given by the application is designed in three variants that match characteristics from three different THA patient subgroups (profiles) defined in previous research. To investigate the use and evaluation of this application, a small-scale qualitative study (20 patients, 3 care providers) will be conducted. Results will include qualitative feedback from patients and care providers, as well as metrics describing participants’ use of the application. This paper discusses the study methodology, including the application used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and Social Care Systems of the Future
Subtitle of host publicationDemographic Changes, Digital Age and Human Factors - Proceedings of the Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019
EditorsTeresa Patrone Cotrim, Florentino Serranheira, Paulo Sousa, Sue Hignett, Sara Albolino, Riccardo Tartaglia
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030240660
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019 - Lisbon, Puerto Rico
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


ConferenceInternational Conference on Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico

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