Ramesh Farzanfar

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PURPOSE The purpose of this pilot project was to explore the feasibility of using a telephone-based computerized system to monitor postchemotherapy symptoms and to test the mechanism of generating alert communications to healthcare providers about symptoms that are poorly controlled. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY Twenty-seven patients with cancer participated in(More)
Automated health behavior interventions that involve discretionary use by patients or consumers over extended periods of time are becoming more common and it is generally assumed that adherence to the recommended schedule is related to the impact of the system on users. Yet reasons for use or non-use of such systems have not been carefully explored. An(More)
To explore to what extent observation and semistructured in-depth interviews provide effective tools for usability testing of two automated home-based systems aimed at monitoring patients' health status at home and improving self-care. Telephone-Linked Care for Diet Adherence in Dyslipidemia (TLC-DietAid) used computer telephony to interact with users and(More)
This paper reports on an evaluation of the reactions of participants in a computer-controlled telephone conversation system (telephone-linked care, TLC) designed to offer nutrition and exercise counseling. After 6 months in the study, subjects were asked a series of questions about their opinions of the TLC system, including overall satisfaction and the(More)
Our multi-disciplinary team is developing mobile computing software that uses "just-in-time" presentation of information to motivate behavior change. Using a participatory design process, preliminary interviews have helped us to establish 10 design goals. We have employed some to create a prototype of a tool that encourages better dietary decision making(More)
Monitoring patient-reported symptoms is necessary to adjust and improve supportive care during chemotherapy. Continuing advances in computerized approaches to symptom monitoring can enhance communication about unrelieved symptoms between patients and oncology providers and may facilitate intensified symptom treatment. An automated IT-based telephone(More)
The burgeoning of consumer health informatics and virtual health care can help people improve their health. However, little is known about individuals' reactions to such systems. We conducted an evaluation of the telephone-linked care (TLC) system, a computer-based telecommunications system, that functions as an at home monitor, educator, and counselor for(More)
Automated dialogue systems delivered over the telephone offer a promising approach to delivering health-related interventions to populations of individuals at low-cost. Over the past two decades, an automated telephone system called Telephone-Linked Care or TLC has been successfully designed and evaluated by the authors and their colleagues. This work has(More)
Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability and functional impairment in the United States (1 in 5). The negative effect of mental health disorders is felt both in the personal and public lives of the affected individuals, particularly in the workplace where it adversely impacts productivity. Only a small fraction of the affected people in(More)