Amara Nwosu

MBCHB MRCP PhD


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Digital health priorities for palliative care research

We have deposited our paper “Technology in Palliative Care (TIP): the identification of digital priorities for palliative care research using a modified Delphi method” on the medRxiv preprint server (ahead for formal peer reviewed publication)

The aim of this study was to identify research priority areas for digital health in palliative care.

This is first study to identify digital health research priorities for palliative care and provides guidance for researchers, funders and policy makers to consider areas for future research and development. 

We identified 16 research priority areas for technology in palliative care, representing 8 themes of big data, mobile devices, telehealth, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the smart home, biotechnology and digital legacy.  Our findings will support researchers, clinicians and policy makers to improve the evidence base in these areas, through further research and development. This work is timely and important, as global palliative care need is increasing but there is a lack of evidence of how digital health can be meaningfully used to support care needs of people with advanced illness.  Therefore, it is important that the risks of using these technologies in palliative care are properly addressed to ensure that these tools are used meaningfully, wisely and safely and do not cause unintentional harm

The pre-print is freely available from the following link. Please note, that this has not been peer reviewed so should not yet be used to guide clinical practice.

Nwosu AC, McGlinchey T, Sanders J, Stanley S, Palfrey J, Lubbers P, Chapman L, Finucane A, Mason S. Technology in Palliative Care (TIP): the identification of digital priorities for palliative care research using a modified Delphi method. Medrxiv 2021. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.06.24.21259307

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AmiPal Podcast: Virtual reality and palliative care – episode 18

In this episode of MyPal I discuss the potential uses of virtual reality (VR) in healthcare and what this may mean for palliative care.

 

Beyond gaming: virtual reality in healthcare. Claire Bower. BMJ Blogs 2014.
blogs.bmj.com/bmj-journals-devel…ity-in-healthcare/

What can Oculus Rift do for healthcare?Mike Miliard. HealthcareIT news 2014.
www.healthcareitnews.com/news/what-ca…o-healthcare

The future of pain relief? Dutch burns unit trialling new virtual reality computer system that distracts patients from the agony of their wounds. Paul Donnelly, Daily Mail 9th Aug 2014.
www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/art…ony-wounds.html

IS VR CHANGING HEALTHCARE?
weareformation.com/is-vr-changing-healthcare/

A Survey of Health-Related Activities on Second Life. Leslie Beard et al. J Med Internet Res. 2009 Apr-Jun; 11(2): e17.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762804/

Virtual reality for the palliative care of cancer. Oyama 1997
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10175345

Copyright Dr Amara Nwosu, KingAmi Media 2016. www.amaranwosu.com

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