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Using participatory action research to assist heart failure self-care amongst Indigenous Australians : a pilot study
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks, R Clark, M Adams, J Atherton, S Taylor-Johnson, CJ Wu, J Howie-Esquivel, K Dracup, N Buitendyk
This paper describes the initial phases of the Fluid Watchers Pacific Rim project: a participatory action research project that involves developing and trialling an iPad app to provide monitoring and self-care for Indigenous Australians with heart failure. The development phase involved working with health experts, an IT team and Indigenous heart-failure patients through three cycles of development and critical reflection. This was followed by a small pilot study to examine the app’s effectiveness. In this paper, the researchers explain why IT-supported health education can be successful in decreasing re-hospitalisation and improving self-management skills. They describe the steps they took to ensure community participation and ownership of the project and present the findings of their pilot study. This pilot project suggests that an iPad app may be a practical and successful way to provide health-care support for Indigenous Australian heart-failure patients.