Experts views on the use of mobile devices to support patients with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations

Gibson, Ryan Colin and Bouamrane, Matt-Mouley and Dunlop, Mark (2019) Experts views on the use of mobile devices to support patients with mild learning disabilities during clinical consultations. In: The 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics Health and wellbeing e-networks for all, 2019-08-25 - 2019-08-30.

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    Abstract

    Due to several factors including time and budget constraints, General Practitioners (GPs) are often under-trained on the communication needs of patients with learning disabilities (LDs). As such, they may find it difficult to extract accurate information from these patients. Digital technologies have the potential to alleviate communication barriers, yet their use in this context remains vastly unexplored. Hence, we conducted 2 focus groups with 12 experts in LDs to investigate how tablet applications may be used to promote the information exchange process between GPs and patients with mild LDs. The experts identified an initial set of design criteria for the future implementation of these technologies and were enthusiastic about the potential impact they may have on primary care. In addition, they also discussed a potential model for extracting medical information from this population, which focused on breaking the overall consultation down into smaller, less cognitively challenging segments.