The iMHere 2.0 System for Family Caregivers of Older Adults: A Focus Group
Keywords:Community, Family caregivers, Home care, Older adults, Smartphone, Telerehabilitation
Background: Family caregivers with continuous caregiving responsibilities are at increased risk for adverse physical and mental health outcomes. In response to the challenges of caregiving, a mobile health system (iMHere 2.0) was developed to support caregivers. The study's objective was to gather feedback from family caregivers of older adults on the current features of iMHere 2.0 and to formulate design criteria for future iterations of the system. Methods: An exploratory qualitative study with thematic analyses of focus group feedback. Findings: A total of 10 caregivers of older adults participated in a focus group. Five themes emerged: (1) Monitoring health data, (2) Setting up customized reminders, (3) Supporting care coordination, (4) Balancing security and multiple user access, and (5) Disseminating iMHere 2.0 into the community, along with some potential barriers to implementation. Conclusions: Design criteria were developed to provide a framework for iterative design and development of the iMHere system to support caregivers of older adults.
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