Viendo la resolución provisional de la convocatoria de «Proyectos Estratégicos Orientados a la Transición Ecológica y a la Transición Digital» 2021 del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, podemos decir ya fijo que nuestra propuesta ha sido aprobada para su financiación.
Estas ayudas tienen como finalidad fomentar las actividades de I+D+i con el fin de incrementar la competitividad y liderazgo internacional de la ciencia y la tecnología españolas a través de la generación de conocimiento científico, mediante una investigación de calidad orientada a la transición ecológica y a la transición digital.
The social challenge to which the project responds is the Quality of Life (QoL) of informal carers. In Spain, 15.3% of the population is in an informal caring role. The latest data from 2020 show that 52.9% of Spanish informal carers spend 20 hours or more per week caring, represented by women (58%) and aged between 45 and 64 years (52%). The impact of informal care on people’s everyday life is double-sided: on the one hand, there is evidence of positive aspects, but on the other hand, negative aspects are reflected on different levels (mental, physical, economic and social). This situation has aggravated due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nowadays, health, social and care systems for informal carers are needed from a person-centred perspective to promote their health, QoL and empowerment. Technology is a promising tool to provide personalised services for active participation in these processes.
The general objective of this project is to develop an innovative technological solution especially aimed at enhancing the QoL, occupational balance, self-management of health, and empowerment of informal carers of older people and/or people with disability.
The project is based on a person-centred development, participatory design techniques and following an iterative procedure to obtain the final version of the platform. A pilot study with a mixed methodology (quantitative and qualitative) will be used for the design, testing and validation of the platform.
TechQol4Carers will consist of a website platform, interconnected with a mobile application and wearable devices, which will offer a set of personalised services that will allow informal carers to collect and monitor data on their own QoL, occupational balance and healthy living habits; to receive and react to personalised warnings and suggestions; and to access e-training content as additional support in their care tasks and in their own self-care