vizHOME: Health Information Needs Assessment Strategy

Effective personal health information management (PHIM) facilitates self-care, ensures appropriate use of health services, and improves health outcomes. PHIM encompasses cognitive and behavioral tasks—including recording symptoms; communicating with clinicians; determining when and how to reorder medications; monitoring health status; and making sense of discharge summaries, health-related Web sites, and clinician-provided handouts—that people undertake to accomplish their health goals.

The goal of this project is to determine how household context shapes PHIM among adults who self-identify as having diabetes. The multidisciplinary team of clinicians, engineers, and computer scientists will conduct a series of home assessments, laboratory studies, and a field survey to examine the visible, physical aspects of the home environment as well as the personal characteristics that influence PHIM. The home assessment will be conducted in 20 households of people with diabetes. The assessment will also include participant observation of three tasks common to people with diabetes: self-monitoring, medication management, and communication about health concerns to understand how tasks are completed within the home context and the impact of personal characteristics.

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Current as of September 2014
Internet Citation: vizHOME: Health Information Needs Assessment Strategy. September 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/healthit.html