Potential barriers in adoption of a medication compliance neckwear by elderly population

Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:4678-81. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610591.


This paper presents results of a study to understand potential barriers of geriatric population with chronic illnesses towards adoption of a wireless wearable medication compliance system in the form of a neckwear. The neck being a critical part of the body can serve as a good source to collect a range of health related information on an individual. The primary research question we investigate here is this: for individuals with chronic illnesses especially amongst the elderly population how willing are they to adopt a neckwear system if it can monitor and mitigate health complications? Elderly patients deal with constant prescription changes over time and this further degrades medication compliance and thereby complicates an already wavering health status. A semi-structured interview was conducted to better understand medication adherence, regimen and issues encountered using reminder devices with the goal of informing the design of a new compliance monitoring system. Results show that preserving health is one of the primary concerns of people living with chronic illnesses therefore there is a promising potential for seamless adoption of a neckwear medication compliance system with additional capabilities to monitor general health status.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Male
  • Medication Adherence*
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / psychology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*