Following on from the development work in the first two years of the PATHway it is a great time to reflect on what has been achieved so far. The clinical team have engaged with individuals with cardiovascular disease extensively throughout the development of the system (see D2.2 and D2.4).
Thankfully, we are now entering into the final stages of usability testing with pre-final versions of the PATHway system prior to recruitment for the randomised controlled trial.
It has been exciting showing PATHway to a real range of people from our sports science students in Dublin City University to community-based cardiac rehab participants! This final phase of user feedback is invaluable as the system can be refined further and key features signed off on by end-users.
We have also been busy preparing for the RCT testing time points beginning in Dublin in July. This involved students and members of the clinical team putting themselves through exercise stress tests, strength tests as well as our battery of questionnaires. This has helped us to refine the testing procedures. Importantly, all clinical team members who are recruiting participants onto the PATHway trial now have personal experience of the RCT testing which can be very reassuring for those signing up to the trial during the Summer.
Finally, it is great news that we now have the University of Limerick and the Mater Hospital as Official Partners within the PATHway Consortium.
Great satisfactions after two years of work together on the PATHway project
In Dublin City University, the greatest satisfaction so far was finalising the exact dates for PATHway participants to come on-site for RCT testing throughout the trial. We now have planned all testing dates for the trial in Summer 2017 which is hugely motivating!
By the end of the PATHway project, the greatest satisfaction will be hearing about people’s experience of long-term use of PATHway system in the de-brief interviews. Currently, the PATHway clinical team has consulted end-users at each development stage and received invaluable feedback each time. It will be very satisfying to hear how all of initial suggestions from users influenced the utilisation of PATHway over the 6months trial.