Do you currently provide care to an older or chronically ill adult who does not live with you? You and the adult you care for may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about the experiences, needs, and preferences of adults with chronic health conditions and those with caregiving responsibilities. This study involves up to two 30-60 minute interviews. Compensation is provided.
Smartphones, wearable devices, and other technologies can help caregivers manage the health of those in their care, but different users may have different needs. The purpose of this study is to help researchers better understand the experiences, needs, and preferences of adults with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Researchers hope their findings lead to the development of better technologies for managing health in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Age 18 and up
- Currently provide care to an older adult or chronically ill adult who does not live with you
- Both you and adult you care for are willing to participate
- Both you and the adult you care for are able to read and write in English
- May or may not have experience using technology to manage health
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Caregivers and those they care for will meet with the study team online or in person to answer questions about their experiences managing their health and using technology. This visit will last about 30-60 minutes. Participants may be also be invited to take part in a second 30-60 minute session that will focus on the kinds of information and visualizations that you might want to view on a health dashboard. These sessions may be audio/video recorded.
IRB:STUDY20110015B - Designing Technology to Support Health Management (UPCI 20-276)
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Carissa Low, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Psychology, and Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Mobile Sensing + Health Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Low received her PhD in clinical and health psychology from UCLA and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine faculty in 2013.
Dr. Low's research focuses on the use of technology to monitor and manage chronic health conditions, with particular emphasis on remote patient monitoring and symptom management during and after cancer treatment.
MEET THE COORDINATORS
Krina Durica, MA, is a Program Manager with the University of Pittsburgh. Krina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychological Research from Penn State University. Krina has been working in research since 2009 and has worked with her current team at the University of Pittsburgh since January of 2017. She has experience coordinating research studies involving the use of technology in areas including emotions of typically-developing individuals, activity levels of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, and social skills of individuals with autism.
Eddie Lasker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Dr. Low’s team as Research Coordinator, Eddie worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and as a college peer mentor.