The SMART consortium works across multiple partner
sites. For full project and partner information please see the
consortium website, here. These CLAHRC YH pages focus on the activities being undertaken within our region.
The aim of the project is to deepen
understanding of the potential for technology in the support of
self-management. This will be achieved by creating user-centred designs
for technology, resulting in a personalised self-management system, and
by carrying out extensive studies with the technology in use. Users with
three common conditions (chronic pain, stroke and congestive heart
failure) will be involved in all stages of the project. The proposed
study aims to investigate the effectiveness of technology in encouraging
people with long term conditions to take more responsibility and
control over their own life.
The project aim will be achieved through four objectives and within six work packages:
- To investigate how technology can
be used to construct tailored plans of interventions to be undertaken by
individuals to meet specific needs.
- To identify how relevant signs,
symptoms and lifestyle consequences of long term conditions can be
effectively monitored, modelled and analysed.
- To identify how information on
signs, symptoms and lifestyle consequences can be fed back to users in a
meaningful and useable way in order to support self management.
- To examine the extent to which
behaviour change is promoted through personalised feedback, remote from a
health care professional, but delivered within a tailored plan of
The World Health Organisation's
International Classification of functioning, disability and health
(ICF-2) is used to guide our approach towards the research methodology.
This model is valuable for considering the treatment goals for each of
the long term conditions and how each might be met through technological
assistance. The typical requirements of people with each condition in
terms of therapeutic goals, self-reporting requirements and measurement
domains will be examined. We adopt a user centred approach towards
design and testing, building on our earlier SMART 1 project. There will
be a series of participatory design meetings involving designers,
programmers and end users and also a range of user evaluations in the
context-of-use throughout the project.
The project is described in a series of inter-related work packages. These are:
- Evidence and Knowledge Review
- User Engagement and User-centred Design
- Integration of Personalised Self Management System
- Construction of Therapy Content
- Decision Support
- Evaluation of Behaviour Changes
Each work package will be coordinated
by a designated Investigator who will ensure that the work is
undertaken appropriately and on time. Each coordinator will act as the
primary contact for the project lead (Professor Gail Mountain) and technical lead (Professor Mark Hawley).
CLAHRC Project Partners
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Other Partner Organisations
The Stroke Association
British Heart Foundation
Expert Patient Programme Community Interest Company
For further project information including more
detailed information on other aspects of the SMART onsortium's
activities, please visit the consortium's website here.