Knowledge, care and practices of self-monitoring

Description

This project explores the everyday practices of self-monitoring by people who have acquired monitoring devices independently of health professionals.

It is a qualitative study covering blood pressure and BMI monitoring and is interested in what people actually do when they self-monitor in everyday contexts, how they understand or use any information that results, or how this may or may not integrate with their wider healthcare.

Consumer technology for people to monitor or track their own health is a rapidly expanding area. Devices formerly seen only in the clinic, such as blood pressure monitors, are widely available to buy now. Alongside this, there has been an explosion of digital and wearable devices such as fitness trackers and apps.

In this context, self-monitoring for health has become an increasingly popular practice, and potentially has great social and cultural significance. Yet comparatively little is known about it. This project is interested in what people actually do when they self-monitor in everyday contexts, how they understand or use any information that results, or how this may or may not integrate with their wider healthcare.

It is claimed that self-monitoring could transform healthcare, promoting self-care and saving costs. This raises important questions about the distribution of responsibilities for health and care, the role of health professionals, and the production, distribution and control of knowledge. We are interested in exploring the ways in which people produce data and knowledge through self-monitoring, who is it shared with, how it is used, and what roles health care professionals, other organisations, family members and personal networks play.



Key findings

Findings from Phase 1 are reported in an article in Critical Public Health- see associated outputs.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/08/1631/07/19

Keywords

  • self-monitoring
  • self tracking
  • blood pressure monitoring
  • BMI monitoring
  • practices of self monitoring