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Jimenez Garcia, J.C. (2014) Beyond the numbers - a user-centered design approach for personal reflective healthcare technologies. PhD thesis, University of Twente and TU Delft. ISBN 978-94-6259-490-6
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This thesis is framed in the context of the healthcare’s paradigm shift that considers the patients’ home as the primary self-care environment. The consequence is straightforward: health practices are shifting from being solely delivered by professionals and in medical oriented context (e.g. hospitals) to become a shared responsibility of professionals and patients in the complexity of a home environment. Healthcare technologies are becoming widespread in the commercial market fading away the line that separates lifestyle and healthcare. A not-thatvisible consequence of the information that these technologies offer is that patients can become proactive managers of their own health. The increasing access to new developments in personal systems with in-built sensor technology such as smartphones and wrist devices is opening an opportunity for the healthcare community to address care outside the hospital context.
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