Alte Frau am Telefon Alte Frau am Telefon


Information and communication technology (ICT-)based interventions are considered useful for chronic disease management as they reach out to large numbers of individuals at relatively low cost and may provide benefits for community-dwelling older adults and informal caregivers. In Switzerland, SENACA (SENior health ACAdemy) has been developed by the European Medical Network EMN. SENACA is a structured self-management support system with several interacting components, combining tele-monitoring devices and a solution for personalised health plans. This online support system’s usability, the behaviour change techniques it builds on, modes of delivery and its effects on health-related behaviour, clinical and Quality-of-Life outcomes will be established in a larger group of end-users. Testing the usability of SENACA and practical effectiveness of this intervention is the goal of this multi-national EU-funded ambient assisted living (AAL) project USECARE. SENACA will be implemented in three countries (Israel, Norway and Switzerland) via field test with community-dwelling older adults living with chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure) and their informal caregivers.


Key element of USECARE AAL is a field-test including a study with a pre-experimental design with three time point measurements and a pre-usability round. Multiple methods will be used to evaluate the usability and to observe clinical and process parameters before, during and after the implementation of the enhanced SENACA prototype.
All of the results combined will provide an insight into the end-user experience, usage pattern, usability perception and potential added value of the enhanced SENACA prototype for chronic disease management in the participating countries. Identifier: NCT02832739


May 2015–March 2017


Institute of Nursing Science INS, University of Basel, Bernoullistrasse 28, CH-4056 Basel
Careum Research, Pestalozzistrasse 3, CH-8032 Zurich

Project team

Institute of Nursing Sciences INS: Sabina de Geest PhD RN (Co-Investigator), Mette Langeland Iversen M.Sc. PhD Student
Careum Research: Dr. Jörg Haslbeck (Principal Investigator), Urs A. Fichtner M.Sc. (Research Associate), Sylvie Zanoni M.A. (Research Associate)

Consortium of partners

Institute of Nursing Science INS, University of Basel, Basel
Careum Research, Zurich
European Medical Network EMN AG, Kilchberg

University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø
University of Oslo, Department of Health Management & Health Economics, Oslo

Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv

Open Evidence, Barcelona
Soluciones Tecnológicas para la Salud y el Bienestar TSB, Valencia

Institute for Health and Consumer Protection IHCP, Ispra

Awarding authorities

Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme, European Union
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, Einsteinstrasse 2, CH-3003 Bern

Logo Careum Hochschule Gesundheit


Gloriastrasse 18a
8006 Zürich
Facebook Twitter Xing LinkedIn WhatsApp E-Mail