Respiratory self-care: identifying current challenges and future potentials for digital technology to support people with chronic respiratory conditions

Helena Tendedez, Maria-Angela Ferrario, Roisin McNaney, Jon Whittle

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Chronic respiratory conditions (CRCs) are life-long diseases affecting millions of people worldwide. They have a huge impact on individuals’ everyday lives, resulting in a number of physical and emotional challenges. Self-management interventions for CRCs are thought to provide empowerment and improve quality of life. However, despite the number of people living with CRCs, most self-management tools in previous HCI work have been designed without the insight of those affected by the conditions.In this paper, we contribute to the literature by investigating the experiences and everyday challenges faced by those with CRCs, through the involvement of 156 participants via interviews and an anonymous survey. Our findings reveal the self-care challenges of CRCs and the reactive management approaches taken by participants. We conclude by providing a set of design implications that support the design of future self-management tools forCRCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
EditorsJochen Meyer, Lena Mamykina
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361262
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2019 - Trento, Italy
Duration: 20 May 201923 May 2019
Conference number: 13th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2019
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2019
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  • Chronic respiratory conditions
  • COPD
  • Digital health
  • Self-care
  • Self-management
  • Self-monitoring

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