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A New Electronic Monitoring Device to Measure Medication Adherence: Usability of the Helping Hand™
Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 35 box 7001, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
Heilig-Hart Ziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen, Wilgenstraat 2, Roeselare, Belgium
Heart Transplantation Program, University Hospitals of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Received: 31 December 2009; in revised form: 19 February 2010 / Accepted: 25 February 2010 / Published: 1 March 2010
Abstract: The aim of this study was to test the user performance, satisfaction and acceptability of the Helping Hand™ (B&O Medicom) electronic medication adherence monitor. Using a mixed-method design, we studied 11 kidney transplant patients and 10 healthy volunteers during three weeks. Although testing showed positive usability aspects, several areas requiring technical improvement were identified: the most important obstacles to usability and acceptability were the weak sound signal, problems loading the medication, and the fact that only one medication could be used at a time.
Keywords: electronic monitoring; usability; user performance; satisfaction; acceptability; mixed method design
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De Bleser, L.; Vincke, B.; Dobbels, F.; Happ, M.B.; Maes, B.; Vanhaecke, J.; De Geest, S. A New Electronic Monitoring Device to Measure Medication Adherence: Usability of the Helping Hand™. Sensors 2010, 10, 1535-1552.
De Bleser L, Vincke B, Dobbels F, Happ MB, Maes B, Vanhaecke J, De Geest S. A New Electronic Monitoring Device to Measure Medication Adherence: Usability of the Helping Hand™. Sensors. 2010; 10(3):1535-1552.
De Bleser, Leentje; Vincke, Birgit; Dobbels, Fabienne; Happ, Mary Beth; Maes, Bart; Vanhaecke, Johan; De Geest, Sabina. 2010. "A New Electronic Monitoring Device to Measure Medication Adherence: Usability of the Helping Hand™." Sensors 10, no. 3: 1535-1552.