I include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients, a common chronic condition. There are many E-Health applications available for this group, but E-Health user rates are low due to the high proportion of DIPs, which makes this an excellent case group for this study. COPD patients are on average older (67±11 years and have a low education level. I want to perform my study in the Netherlands, Germany and in the UK to compare cultural aspects of E-Health and to improve the generalizability of my findings.
WP1: How are contextual and communicational factors related to E-Health usage in DIPs?
Opinions and needs regarding conceptual and communicative experiences will be discussed with COPD patients in focus groups (Netherlands, UK and Germany, table 2). Qualitative research aims to collect experiences, attitudes and opinions and data collection stops if saturation is reached: a power calculation is not applicable. I expect to reach saturation with 2 focus groups in each country. I will hire an assistant in the UK and Germany. WP1 will lead to an overview of contextual and communication experience factors for DIPs.