Period 2

2A Users in (care) context (6EC)

In this module, you gain insight into various definitions of health and well-being. In addition, you consider quality of life, prevention, lifestyle and coping issues as important elements in the assessment and definition of customer needs.

You compare and analyse different health and social care systems in Europe, including care providers, care suppliers, technology providers and the role of the customer. Core concepts derived from international policy documents and classifications (ICF, UN convention, etc.) are at the heart of this analysis, as is the involvement of the third sector. You assess to what extent these concepts are reflected on a national level.

You become familiar with Tide / HEART study line C, a multi-professional process model. You learn how to apply this model to determine whether technology can tackle existing challenges in relation to quality of life and well-being by enhancing self-management and coping. This involves assessing individual users’ wants and needs, taking feasibility, affordability, and possible conflicts of interest into account.

2B Methodology of evaluation(4EC)

User-centred development requires a cyclical and iterative approach. Therefore, this module presents you with a toolbox of validated methods for evaluation. You evaluate the effectiveness of technology in a care context, based on pre-defined targets. The evaluation may focus on elements such as user acceptance, product evaluation, effects on care processes, ethics, and safety issues. After successful completion of this module, you will know how to select an appropriate method and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the selected method.