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Patients' views and experiences of technology based self-management tools for the treatment of hypertension in the community: A qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Glynn, Liam G.
dc.contributor.author Casey, Monica
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Jane
dc.contributor.author Hayes, Patrick S.
dc.contributor.author Harte, Richard P.
dc.contributor.author Heaney, David J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-28T11:42:04Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-28T11:42:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2296
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9147
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Patients with hypertension in the community frequently fail to meet treatment goals. The optimal way to organize and deliver care to hypertensive patients has not been clearly identified. The powerful on-board computing capacity of mobile devices, along with the unique relationship individuals have with newer technologies, suggests that they have the potential to influence behaviour. However, little is known regarding the views and experiences of patients using such technology to self-manage their hypertension and associated lifestyle behaviours. The aim of this study was to explore patients' views and experiences of using technology based self-management tools for the treatment of hypertension in the community. Methods: This focus group study was conducted with known hypertensive patients over 45 years of age who were recruited in a community setting in Ireland. Taped and transcribed semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sample involving 50 participants in six focus groups were used. Framework analysis was utilized to analyse the data. Results: Four key inter-related themes emerged from the analysis: individualisation; trust; motivation; and communication. The globalisation of newer technologies has triggered many substantial and widespread behaviour changes within society, yet users are unique in their use and interactions with such technologies. Trust is an ever present issue in terms of its potential impact on engagement with healthcare providers and motivation around self-management. The potential ability of technology to influence motivation through carefully selected and tailored messaging and to facilitate a personalised flow of communication between patient and healthcare provider was highlighted. Conclusions: Newer technologies such as mobile devices and the internet have been embraced across the globe despite technological challenges and concerns regarding privacy and security. In the design and development of technology based self-management tools for the treatment of hypertension, flexibility and security are vital to allow and encourage patients to customise, personalise and engage with their devices. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Family Practice;16:119
dc.subject blood-pressure control en_US
dc.subject smartphone application en_US
dc.subject physical-activity en_US
dc.subject primary-care en_US
dc.subject health-care en_US
dc.title Patients' views and experiences of technology based self-management tools for the treatment of hypertension in the community: A qualitative study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2020-08-28T11:36:03Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12875-015-0333-7
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2856026
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC family practice
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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