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Varied & Bespoke Needs of Caregivers: Organizing and Communicating Diabetes Care for Children in Era of DIY

O'Kane, AA; Han, Y; Arriaga, R; (2016) Varied & Bespoke Needs of Caregivers: Organizing and Communicating Diabetes Care for Children in Era of DIY. In: Proceedings of the 10th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare. (pp. pp. 9-12). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): Cancún, Mexico. Green open access

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Abstract

Type 1 diabetes in children is a complex chronic condition that requires high levels of coordination among a range of caregivers in order to communicate and organize care for best health outcomes. We examined three types of care, at home, at school, and at the clinic, to explore the communication needs of a range of caregivers. Not only were there differences between types of caregiver, but there were also varied personal preferences for communication, different levels of knowledge regarding caregiving that required different forms of communication, and changes in child health leading to different care needs and communication styles. We frame these findings within the new trend of diabetes technologies that allow for cloud connected communication in order to show the need to respect varied and individual communication practices. Technologies that link current health data over the cloud may not have a one-size-fits-all solution for all caregivers, however, open-source DIY health trends may be a way towards supporting personalized communication needs.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Varied & Bespoke Needs of Caregivers: Organizing and Communicating Diabetes Care for Children in Era of DIY
Event: 10th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
ISBN-13: 978-1-63190-051-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3021321
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 ACM.
Keywords: Type 1 diabetes; caregivers of children; communication; ICT; cloud; IOT; healthcare; DIY health; chronic care
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482115
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