Chronic illnesses are now the leading cause of death in both developing and developed countries. While the UK and India have very different practices and structures for healthcare delivery, the effective management of chronic illness is a priority for both countries. A particular challenge in both countries is supporting patients who live in rural areas, as many specialist services are not easily accessible to them. This issue is particularly relevant to India where 71% of the population lives in rural areas, but while most of the UK’s population lives in urban areas, large parts of the country are sparsely populated. For example, in Scotland 29% of the population live in rural areas.
The goal of the TRUMP project is to explore the potential of mobile technologies in the development of a platform to support people in rural areas of the UK and India in managing chronic illnesses. Diabetes and depression, both common chronic conditions, have been chosen as exemplars for the development of this platform and its evaluation.
TRUMP is a multidisciplinary project involving academic researchers from the UK and India. Working together, this team will perform a detailed analysis of the healthcare context and design sustainable technology solutions that are compatible with local and national healthcare policies and that incorporate existing proven chronic management programmes and training. Among these technologies will be support for novel patient record systems and mechanisms for tracking patients’ symptoms and behaviour as well as increasing their awareness about the self-management of chronic illnesses.
Date: Sep 2013 – Sep 2015
Funding: EPSRC: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. £576,369
Researchers: Patrick Olivier (PI), Peter Phillimore – Geography, Politics & Sociology, Mike Trenell -Institute of Cellular Medicine (CIs).
Collaborators: Peter Edwards (University of Aberdeen), City University, Lancaster University