Initial perceptions and self-reported usage of the mobile app, ‘Hear Me Now’, by individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease and frailty: a feasibility study

Annette Hand*, Jill Wales, Glenda Cook, Alexandra Kirton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background: Hear Me Now (HMN) is an app for smartphones and tablets, developed by Maldaba Ltd, for individuals with learning disabilities. Anecdotal evidence suggested older people with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD) might also benefit.

Aims: This feasibility study sought to explore whether HMN was suitable for older people with Parkinson’s disease and frailty and examine their usage.

Methods: A purposive sample of 6 individuals (M=4; F=2) aged 65-90 years was recruited. Following training, participants used HMN at home, for different purposes, over 3 months. Concurrently they took part in online interviews every 3 weeks (N=5 interviews), completing the Task Load Index (NASA-TLX) questionnaire during week one and 12, and the System Usability Scale during week 12 to assess usability.

Findings: Most participants found HMN helpful in daily life and potentially beneficial in managing health conditions.

Conclusion: HMN merits further research for patient self-management applications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Nov 2023

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