Gail R. Casper

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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)
Computer networks serve as convenient, efficient, and enduring vehicles for delivering nursing services to patients at home. The ComputerLink, a nurse-supervised computer network, provides information, decision support, and communication services to caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease [1]. The data obtained in the original experiment included(More)
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)
1. INTRODUCTION. Decision-making demands faced by homebound caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) are numerous and complex. Although caregivers frequently know what to do in caring for the person with AD, they lack confidence in their decisions [1]. The challenge of caregiving decisions may be compounded by the lack of resources to aid in(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop and test an interactive computer-mediated smoking cessation program for inner-city women. A non-probability sample of 100 women who receive care at an inner-city community health center in Indianapolis participated in the usability study. Women completed the computer program in the clinic following baseline data(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)
Keeping individuals aware of their own health is a global challenge in health care. Observations of Daily Living (ODLs), cues to health that are derived from and personally meaningful to an individual, provide a detailed picture of one's experience of health. Project HealthDesign, an 8-year initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is investigating(More)
This paper describes the process we used to design the HeartCare website to support Technology Enhanced Practice (TEP) for home care nurses engaged in providing care for patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Composed of communication, information, and self-monitoring functions, the HeartCare website is aimed at supporting best practice nursing care(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)