Knowledge capture for self management of long-term conditions

PJ McCullagh, CD Nugent, H Zheng, Shumeii Zhang, Y Huang, Richard Davies, Norman Black, Peter Wright, Mark Hawley, Chris Eccleston, Sue Mawson, Gail Mountain

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Introduction: Self-management encourages a person with a long-term condition (LTC) to solve problems, take decisions, locate and useresources and take actions to manage their condition.Aims and objectives: The aim of this paper is to discover appropriate knowledge to facilitate the self-management paradigm. For use ina computing platform, such knowledge must be expressed in digital form in a database.Methods: The SMART2 [1] project is developing a Personalised Self Management System (PSMS) for use in the home environment andin the immediate community for people living with the LTCs: stroke, chronic pain and congestive heart failure (CHF). This system relieson access to clinically validated digital media for therapeutic instruction and appropriate feedback, based on current use.Results: Two approaches to knowledge acquisition were used: (i) obtaining knowledge from the stakeholders, using a user-centred designapproach (ii) obtaining knowledge from the PSMS, as the user undertakes activities of daily living in pursuit of their end-goal. We haveutilized data mining and classification techniques to quantify PSMS interventions.Conclusions: Knowledge capture requires abstraction of key process used by the stakeholders and the use of data mining procedures toobtain information patterns, which can be used to promote self-management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Mar 2011
EventInternational Congress on Telehealth and Telecare, London, UK, 1–3 March 2011 - London
Duration: 1 Mar 2011 → …


ConferenceInternational Congress on Telehealth and Telecare, London, UK, 1–3 March 2011
Period1/03/11 → …

Bibliographical note

Reference text: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Self-management supported by assistive, rehabilitation and telecare
technologies. UK: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; 2008-11. (UK EP/F001916).


  • self management
  • chronic pain
  • stroke
  • coronary hearth failure
  • decision support


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