Co-creating information on using smartwatches for supported self-management with people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and healthcare practitioners: Online vs a face-to-face workshop.

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Objectives: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition characterised by breathlessness, coughing and sputum production. Smartwatches are increasingly used by people with COPD to monitor physical activity. However, information and guidance on integrating smartwatches into self-management and healthcare practice is limited. This research aims to co-develop information for people with COPD and healthcare practitioners on using smartwatches for supporting self-management. This paper discusses the methods of conducting online co-creation workshops using the Zoom Whiteboard compared to face-to-face and their preliminary findings.
Design: One online and one face-to-face co-creation workshop have been conducted using a co-creation methodology (co-define, co-design, and co-refine).
Methods: Eight participants (two people with COPD, five healthcare practitioners and one health technologist) were recruited via social media and professional networks. In the online Zoom workshop, participants contributed thoughts using virtual post-it notes on the Zoom Whiteboard, whereas in the face-to-face workshop participants used physical post-it notes and pens. Data analysis used reflexive thematic analysis to develop preliminary themes and plan future workshops.
Results: Preliminary findings support a need for information on utilising smartwatches to support self-management. Recommendations for content include sharing positive user experiences, providing information on metrics, and establishing realistic goals. Format suggestions encompass leaflets, videos, or downloadable PDFs. Future workshops will co-develop prototypes of the information and explore possibilities for delivery and dissemination.
Conclusions: Information and guidance will support people with COPD to use smartwatches for supporting self-management. Future research could extend the co-created information to benefit people with other chronic health conditions.
Period8 Sept 2023
Event titleFestival of Psychology in the Midlands, British Psychological Society
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map