USECARE AAL – Use Cases for Informal Care

Exploring the acceptance of an information and communication technology (ICT)-based self-management support system for community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions and their informal caregivers. Furthermore mapping effects on symptoms, clinical outcomes, behaviour change and quality of life.

ICT-based interventions are considered useful for chronic disease management as they reach out to large numbers of individuals at relatively low cost and may provide benefits for community-dwelling older adults and informal caregivers.

The intervention

In Switzerland, SENior health ACAdemy (SENACA, uc.senaca.ch) has been developed by the European Medical Network EMN.
SENACA is a structured self-management support system with several interacting components, combining tele-monitoring devices and a solution for personalised health plans. This online support system’s usability, the behaviour change techniques it builds on, modes of delivery and its effects on health-related behaviour, clinical and Quality-of-Life outcomes will be established in a larger group of end-users.
Testing the usability of SENACA and practical effectiveness of this intervention is the goal of this multi-national EU-funded ambient assisted living (AAL) project USECARE (www.usecare.eu).
SENACA will be implemented in two countries (Israel and Norway) via field test with community-dwelling older adults living with chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure) and their informal caregivers.

Our research

Key element of USECARE AAL is a field-test including a study with a pre-experimental design with three time point measurements and a pre-usability round. Multiple methods will be used to evaluate the usability and to observe clinical and process parameters before, during and after the implementation of the enhanced SENACA prototype.
All of the results combined will provide an insight into the end-user experience, usage pattern, usability perception and potential added value of the enhanced SENACA prototype for chronic disease management in the participating countries.

Research period

May 2015–July 2017

Consortium of partners


European Medical Network EMN AG, Kilchberg


University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø
University of Oslo, Department of Health Management & Health Economics, Oslo


Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv


Open Evidence, Barcelona

Key words

Chronic disease, multi-morbidity, patients, informal caregivers, self-management, telemedicine, information and communication application, quality of life, patient empowerment, usability, user-perception, feasibility


Nursing, public health, ICT, health psychology, social science

Geographical area

International: Israel, Norway