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From Quantified Self to Qualified Self, the benefit for DM2 patients

Schaafsma, N. (2020) From Quantified Self to Qualified Self, the benefit for DM2 patients.

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Abstract:The list of things that can be measured about ourselves feels endless. Amongst others, our heart rate, the number of steps, our stress-levels, respiration, hours of sleep, or even the number of sneezes and coughs during the day can be measured. These measurements can be tracked with smart and wearable self-tracking devices such as fitbits and smartwatches. Those devices are part of the Quantified Self. But only looking at numbers does not give enough meaning to the findings. Therefore, the Quantified Self must become a Qualified self. “Data generated by body tracking in all forms are not merely a passive material for interpretation, they do not merely lie around in databases until something from the outside makes meaning out of them.” (Belliger & Krieger, 2016). In this research, the Quantified Self is applied to newly diagnosed Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 patients. Through literature research, State-Of-The-Art, interviews with professionals and prototype testing research has been done on what the benefit of the Quantified Self and the Qualified Self can be for newly diagnosed Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 patients. A prototype of an application is developed and tested with five participants. From research it can be concluded that patients can benefit from an application where the Qualified Self extends to the Qualified Self as long as there is enough motivation from the patient to keep tracking themself.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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