A Holistic Technology-Based Solution for Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Complications

Ian Cleland, Joseph Rafferty, Jonathan Synnott, Jill Cundell, Adele Boyd, Chris Nugent, Priyanka Chaurasia, Gareth Morrison, Godfrey Madill, Stephen Burns, Leeann Monk- Ozgul

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It has been estimated, on a global scale, that a limb is lost every 20 s due to diabetes. Effective treatment has, however, been shown to reduce the risk of amputations and foot ulcers. Self-management and the provision of effective foot care in the clinic and at home, is viewed as instrumental in providing appropriate care for people with diabetes. This in turn can reduce the costs associated with treating and managing diabetes and its associated complications. This paper presents a usability evaluation of a smartphone based solution for the management of diabetic foot disease. The solution combines novel thermal imaging with tailored educational content and gamification elements in an attempt to improve self-management of the condition. The solution was evaluated in a workshop setting by 7 participants. Overall, the participants felt the proposed solution would be a very worthwhile endeavor. They rated the usability and utility at an acceptable level (SUS 69.1/100). Notable suggested improvements focused on how educational content was formatted and searched in addition to the physical support provided to facilitate imaging of the feet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017
EventInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence -
Duration: 10 Nov 2017 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence
Period10/11/17 → …



  • Self-management
  • diabetic foot disease
  • thermal imaging
  • m-health

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