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Activity Theory Analysis of Heart Failure Self-Care.

Authors
  • Cornet, Victor1
  • Voida, Stephen2
  • Holden, Richard J1, 3
  • 1 Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). , (India)
  • 2 University of Colorado Boulder.
  • 3 Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mind, culture, and activity
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
25
Issue
1
Pages
22–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10749039.2017.1372785
PMID: 31105419
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The management of chronic health conditions such as heart failure is a complex process emerging from the activity of a network of individuals and artifacts. This article presents an Activity Theory-based secondary analysis of data from a geriatric heart failure management study. Twenty-one patients' interviews and clinic visit observations were analyzed to uncover eight configurations of roles and activities involving patients, clinicians, and others in the sociotechnical network. For each configuration or activity pattern, we identify points of tension and propose guidelines for developing interventions for future computer-supported healthcare systems.

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