Gail R. Casper

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Project HealthDesign, a multi-year, multi-site project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support from the California HealthCare Foundation, is designed to stimulate innovation in personal health records (PHRs). Project HealthDesign teams employed user-centered design processes to create designs and prototypes of computer-based(More)
OBJECTIVE This 3-year field experiment engaged 60 nurses and 282 patients in the design and evaluation of an innovative home-care nursing model, referred to as technology-enhanced practice (TEP). METHODS Nurses using TEP augmented the usual care with a web-based resource (HeartCareII) that provided patients with self-management information,(More)
Sicker patients with greater care needs are being discharged to their homes to assume responsibility for their own care with fewer nurses available to aid them. This situation brings with it a host of human factors and ergonomic (HFE) concerns, both for the home care nurse and the home dwelling patient, that can affect quality of care and patient safety.(More)
The infusion of health care technologies into the home leads to substantial changes in the nature of work for home care nurses and their patients. Nurses and nursing practice must change to capitalize on these innovations. As part of a randomized field experiment evaluating web-based support for home care of patients with chronic heart disease, we engaged(More)
The purpose of this study was to design and test the usability of a computer-mediated smoking cessation program for inner-city women. Design and content were developed consistent with principles of user-centered design. Formative and summative evaluation strategies were utilized in its testing. The summative evaluation was designed to test usability in a(More)
Project HealthDesign is a national program designed to rethink the power and potential of personal health to rethink the power and potential of personal health records. It intends to stimulate development of new personal health management tools by harnessing the content of the personal health record and making advice, recommendations, and data-tracking(More)
Systematic engagement of patients in disease management requires design and deployment of innovative technologies that complement and extend professional nursing services. We describe here a model of nursing practice that capitalizes on a web-based resource (HeartCareII) to support patient self-management, symptom interpretation, and self-monitoring.(More)
Advancements in the health information technology that brought personal health records to individuals have opened the door to new insights concerning the cues people use to monitor health in their everyday lives. In order to evaluate the impact of capturing, storing, and integrating these observations of daily living (ODLs) into the clinical care process,(More)
Creating technological solutions that support health everywhere requires understanding the context of health and the vernacular of those engaged in it within that context. Within the formal healthcare system, institutional environments dominate and perspectives of biomedical science and the health professions govern the characterization of disease, illness(More)