Journal of Medical Systems

, 39:98 | Cite as

Analytic Hierarchy Process to Define the Most Important Factors and Related Technologies for Empowering Elderly People in Taking an Active Role in their Health

Systems-Level Quality Improvement
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. UCAmI & IWAAL 2014


Successful management of health conditions in older population is determined by strategic involvement of a professional team of careers and by empowering patients and their caregivers to take over a central role and responsibility in the daily management of condition. Identifying, structuring and ranking the most important needs related to these aspects could pave the way for improved strategies in designing systems and technological solutions supporting user empowerment. This paper presents the preliminary results of a study aiming to elicit these needs. Healthcare professionals, working together in the European and Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) initiative, have defined a set of needs and factors that have been organized in two hierarchies around the concepts of patient activation and proactive and prepared care team, defined in the Chronic Care Model. The two hierarchies have been mapped, by a team of experts in computer science, with technologies and solutions that could facilitate the achievement of the identified needs.


User empowerment Senior citizens Analytic hierarchy process User needs Technology mapping Active and healthy ageing EIP on AHA 



This work is partially funded by the European Commission under the MOSAIC project (Grant Agreement 600914). The authors wish to thank the EIP-AHA members for their contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Life Supporting Technologies GroupUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.School of EngineeringUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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