Study to shed light on factors that influence a person’s ability to self-manage a health condition at home.
It’s easy for health care professionals to monitor a patient’s medical regimen when they are in the hospital. But after discharge, the responsibility to manage that care falls on the patient and family caregiver. Often the regimen falls by the wayside, mistakes happen, and the patient’s health becomes compromised.
To better understand how elements in the home environment (such as clutter) may impact a patient’s ability to adhere to their care regimen (forgetting to take medicines), researchers are exploring the home health environment through virtual reality technology. The goal: To gain insight into what factors influence a person’s ability to manage a health condition at home.
Researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, will use a $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to capture 360-degree, detailed images of homes of people living with diabetes and translate them into 3-D. Read more