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GlucOnline Coach: a virtual coach app for diabetes patients

Ye, Xiaohao (2015) GlucOnline Coach: a virtual coach app for diabetes patients.

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Abstract:Diabetes type I treatment requires daily insulin injections together with a regular diet and frequent blood glucose monitoring. To regulate the insulin intake the patient has to measure the blood glucose level multiple times a day. Patients encounter many barriers while dealing with diabetes self-management in everyday life. Self-monitoring of blood glucose has been shown to be significantly associated with better metabolic control. Diabetes management in adolescence is poorer than in other age groups so they need interventions that suit the target group. Since smartphones are common nowadays they could provide a tool to assist diabetes patients. An application for diabetes patients was designed, implemented and evaluated. The application focuses on daily blood glucose monitoring and data synchronization with medical professionals. This is done by using a virtual coach and reminders that users can set to measure their blood glucose level or synchronize the data with a server. The application was evaluated in a user evaluation with five participants over a period of three months. The results showed no increase in daily blood glucose measurement frequency but the participants indicated some features of the application were useful to them.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Hospital Gelderse Vallei, Ede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:44 medicine, 54 computer science
Programme:Human Media Interaction MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68987
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