MyIndicators for Health
Lisa is a 66 year-old lady who is recovering from a heart attack. Together with Lisa's nurse, they design the following indicators for Lisa to see if she is improving:
• How often do I exercise in a week and for what duration?
• When had I last felt stressed at home or work?
• How often I smoke/drink?
• How often I meet people socially?
• Does my heart rate increase after a long walk?
• Is my palpitation in control after I have started taking the medicine?
At home Lisa continous her exercises, eats healthier and collects data while the cardiac nurse does some coaching from distance with the support of the indicator. During the follow up visits, they fine-tune both the treatment and the indicator for better health outcome.
This gives Lisa ownership of her treatment and motivates her to do the exercises, as she can see it makes a difference to her.
Erik needs personal assistance. He has three personal assistants that help his in daily activities. To avoid repetition of tasks, MyIndicators can help to establish collaboration between the three assistants as well as Erik by designing indicators like:
To check for which tasks he needs assistance the most and is there any underlying reason like whether he is interested or disinterested in a particular activity, whether the muscles of his hands, legs or mouth or any other body part ache while doing an activity and so, he can’t do that activity, and so on. Both personal assistants and Erik can design indicators, like:
Naomi is a 60-year old lady who is concerned about whether she will develop diabetes or any other age-related disease and therefore, wants to be alert. By discussing with her doctor, she can design the following indicator:
Depending upon the answers to these questions, her doctor can help Naomi reduce her risk of age-related disease.
Jonas is a young teenager suffering from depression showing symptoms like persistent sadness, weeping, and loss of interest in studying, playing, meeting friends, parties and so on. His therapist is treating him with medications and counseling. Together with Jonas, the parents and the therapist design a personal indicator.
During the next visit, the therapist can consider both Jonas and his parents’ perspectives and feedback to refine and improve the treatment plan for better outcomes.
Ryan is a 10-year old boy with ADHD. An indicator is designed to get a better understanding of Ryan’s overall well-being, treatment, learning needs and school performance. Each time of the medical follow up, Ryan’s doctor is able to obtain a detailed information about the effects of the medicine. At school, the teacher is able to assess and evaluate the child’s performance, problems encountered, teaching methods and adaptation skills to maximize Ryan success. At home, the parents identify strategies to set up an effective parenting system and keep them on track to support their child.
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