Two researchers from NetwellCASALA at DkIT, Suzanne Smith and Patricia Sheridan, recently joined clinicians and researchers from over 15 countries who presented their work at the Trinity Health Education International Research Conference for 2020 (@THEConf2020). Suzanne Smith presented findings on the experiences of healthcare professionals in Ireland and Belgium using ProACT, a digital tool to help older people to self-manage multiple chronic health conditions at home with or without support from their healthcare team. Patricia Sheridan also presented findings on the role of telephone triage nurses in supporting those using the ProACT solution.
ProACT was a 3.5 year, Horizon 2020-funded project, coordinated by Trinity College Dublin. NetwellCASALA led the trial of the ProACT platform, which was evaluated in both Ireland and Belgium with120 people over the age of 65, diagnosed with COPD, heart disease, heart failure and/or diabetes, along with people within their care network. Further testing is currently underway to refine the application and examine how ProACT can be incorporated into current health systems.