Development and usability of a feedback tool, "My Personal Brain Health Dashboard", to improve setting of self-management goals among people living with HIV in Canada

Qual Life Res. 2021 Nov;30(11):3199-3211. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02555-w. Epub 2020 Jun 18.


Objective: (1) To develop a personalized health outcome profile as a feedback tool to improve self-management in people living with chronic conditions such as HIV and (2) to evaluate the interpretability and usefulness of the feedback tool for setting specific goals.

Methods: The development of "My Personal Brain Health Dashboard" was inspired by the knowledge-to-action framework. A health outcome profile was computer generated in SAS from the outcome measures, at first and last recorded visits, of each person enrolled in the +BHN cohort from five sites in Canada. The Wilson-Cleary model framed the outcome measurement strategy. Single actionable items with evidence of life impact were chosen. The response option from the original item was the person's value and the optimal level was provided to help persons compare their results to an optimal target. Cognitive interviews were conducted with members of HIV community. Appropriateness of the Dashboard for goal-setting was tested by asking participants to write specific goals according to the Dashboard they were given.

Results: Fifteen respondents were recruited from Montreal and Vancouver. Items most endorsed to be changed were cognition, pain, and body mass index. 80% found the Dashboard useful for setting health-related goals. A total of 85 goals were set, the text of which was mined to create a lexicon for scoring goal quality in future endeavours.

Conclusion: This study was the preparatory phase for a future trial on a method to stimulate setting specific goals. The future trial would provide a thorough understanding of the quality of person-defined goals.

Keywords: Chronic conditions; Cognitive interviews; Goal-setting; HIV/AIDS; Health outcome profile.

MeSH terms

  • Brain
  • Canada
  • Feedback
  • Goals
  • HIV Infections* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self-Management*