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Research project: MOTH Project 2: Exploring the factors that facilitate and hinder the implementation of digital tools for self-management of long-term conditions within existing healthcare structures and pathways

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Digital tools, such as websites, mobile applications (Apps) or wearables, have the potential to support self-management for people with LTCs. However, many are developed without a full understanding of the wider context in which they will be used. As a result, many digital tools are not adopted by people with LTCs. Existing research has identified the importance of integrating such tools within existing healthcare structures and pathways. This project, within the Maintenance Of Physical AcTivity BeHaviour (MOTH) programme, will therefore explore the barriers, facilitators, needs and preferences that influence the implementation of digital interventions for self-management of LTCs. This project also aims to identify how recommendations for implementation from policy or other standards converge and/or diverge from commissioning and practice-level factors.

  • To conduct interviews with service commissioners, General Practitioners and LTC Specialist healthcare professionals to explore their needs and preferences in relation to using and recommending digital health interventions and the perceived contextual factors facilitating and hindering the implementation of a digital self-management tool to support self-management to maintain for people with a LTC.
  • To identify barriers, facilitators and needs of stakeholders to support the development, scale up and implementation of a digital behaviour change intervention for maintaining physical activity.
  • To conduct a review of policy related to digital health, specifically focused on general recommendations for implementation into existing NHS healthcare structures and pathways which can be analysed alongside interview data to determine potential conflicts at different structural levels.

Associated research themes

Active Living Theme

NIHR ARC Wessex: Long-Term Conditions: Integrating person-centred care approaches to optimise healthy living

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation
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