Clinician perspectives on the development of a web portal for remote monitoring of mHealth facilitated dysphagia home exercise: A qualitative study

Int J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Dec;25(6):830-840. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2022.2138974. Epub 2022 Nov 8.


Purpose: Mobile health (mHealth) technologies for dysphagia management may allow patients to complete rehabilitation exercises from home and their clinicians to remotely monitor them. However, clinicians are rarely formally consulted in the early stages of ideation. This study aimed to determine necessary elements to be included in a clinician web portal that would allow for remote monitoring of patients completing dysphagia exercises using mHealth equipped with surface electromyography (sEMG).

Method: Ten dysphagia clinicians were consulted individually using convergent interviewing. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis to identify themes and sub-themes.

Result: Themes identified included: perceived benefits of an mHealth system; clinical uptake of an mHealth system; clinical targets desired; preferred communication method; notification style and frequency; and user interface considerations. There was no consensus regarding clinical targets to display, notification frequency, method of clinician-patient communication, or layout for the user interface. Agreement existed on the importance of the simplicity and customisability for the clinician web portal user interface.

Conclusion: Lack of consensus on specific elements to be included in a clinician web portal could reflect low clinical exposure to sEMG. This study provides an example of formal end user feedback in the ideation phase of design.

Keywords: biofeedback; dysphagia; mobile health; sEMG; telemedicine.

MeSH terms

  • Deglutition Disorders* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Qualitative Research
  • Telemedicine* / methods