Wanted: researchers seek people with diabetes in Staffin/Trotternish

STAFFIN and Trotternish residents – who may suffer from long-term medical conditions like diabetes – are being sought by researchers studying how technology is used in rural communities’ health services.

The Glasgow School of Art is working on a project called Digital Empathy in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands. It is specifically looking at how digital technology is currently used and trying to come up with proposals to improve interactions between health professionals and patients. The GSA, which has a Forres base, is one of the UK’s leading institutions for creative research, education and practice. Researcher Sneha Raman said the planned Skye event would focus on people who have used digital healthcare services or would be interested in using them in the future. “This project idea came from our partners at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), who are currently piloting a Diabetes Video Conference consultation clinic which also involves few NHS staff. Our focus is on understanding how the public interact with health professionals and to explore how the experience can be improved to be more empathic, especially when using technology,” said Ms Raman, who explained a drop in “experience lab” was scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at a venue to be decided in Skye.

“We try to organise the labs as close to the participants as possible. We are looking at roughly six to eight people. Therefore, if we receive a positive response in Staffin, we would be more than happy to find a venue that suits local people in the area. Additionally, we can also cover any expenses involved in travel to and from the venue.
Volunteers are needed.

Volunteers are needed for research event.

“For this first lab, we will be focussing on gathering insights from people who use the health services, and haven’t invited any doctors. The insights from the labs will feed into the wider diabetes project at UHI.”
Teas, coffee and snacks and/or lunch as appropriate to the lab timing will be provided.
If anybody is interested in participating please contact Staffin Trust on 562 464 or e-mail staffin.ldo@gmail.com and your details will be passed on.