Addressing Barriers in the Use of Wearable Medical Devices by Ontario Seniors

Why do some users, particularly seniors, refuse to wear a medical device which tracks their vital signs with the aim of improving their health? This is not a strictly medical issue, rather the motivations behind deciding not to wear a medical device regardless of the health benefits is a problem which can be investigated by social scientists. This research project studies the lifestyles of both users (people who use the technology such as nurses, medical doctors, caregivers and seniors) and customers (people who pay for the device such as senior administrators) in order to decipher the difficulties of using medical wearable devices. This new knowledge will help adopt policies and practices to design wearable medical devices that are better suited to different age groups.

Fatemeh Mohammadi
Faculty Supervisor: 
Donna Patrick
Partner University: