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Sensors 2010, 10(3), 1535-1552; doi:10.3390/s100301535
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A New Electronic Monitoring Device to Measure Medication Adherence: Usability of the Helping Hand™

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1 Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 35 box 7001, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium 2 School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA 3 Heilig-Hart Ziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen, Wilgenstraat 2, Roeselare, Belgium 4 Heart Transplantation Program, University Hospitals of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 5 Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Received: 31 December 2009 / Revised: 19 February 2010 / Accepted: 25 February 2010 / Published: 1 March 2010
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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 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.

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