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Sensors 2018, 18(4), 1285; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18041285

Geriatric Helper: An mHealth Application to Support Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

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Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering of Aveiro, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 8 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 22 April 2018
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Abstract

The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a multidisciplinary diagnosis approach that considers several dimensions of fragility in older adults to develop an individualized plan to improve their overall health. Despite the evidence of its positive impact, CGA is still applied by a reduced number of professionals in geriatric care in many countries, mostly using a paper-based approach. In this context, we collaborate with clinicians to bring CGA to the attention of more healthcare professionals and to enable its easier application in clinical settings by proposing a mobile application, Geriatric Helper, to act as a pocket guide that is easy to update remotely with up-to-date information, and that acts as a tool for conducting CGA. This approach reduces the time spent on retrieving the scales documentation, the overhead of calculating the results, and works as a source of information for non-specialists. Geriatric Helper is a tool for the health professionals developed considering an iterative, User-Centred Design approach, with extensive contributions from a broad set of users including domain experts, resulting in a highly usable and accepted system. Geriatric Helper is currently being tested in Portuguese healthcare units allowing for any clinician to apply the otherwise experts-limited geriatric assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: mHealth; comprehensive geriatric assessment; user centred design mHealth; comprehensive geriatric assessment; user centred design
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Silva, S.; Felgueiras, R.; Oliveira, I.C. Geriatric Helper: An mHealth Application to Support Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. Sensors 2018, 18, 1285.

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