4th year student in Engineering
Chronic diseases account for 75% of deaths worldwide. Rehabilitation controls the rate of deterioration, but the percentage of people in rehabilitation is extremely low (<10%) due to problems with patients’ access. Understanding people’s capability-related needs (i.e., vision, hearing, mobility, dexterity, thinking and communication) is a prerequisite for their access to healthcare services. I have developed an inclusive tool for healthcare stakeholders to understand the gap between patients’ capability-related needs and service uptake requirements, thus significantly improving patients’ accessibility (>62.5%). The results have been applied to NHS pulmonary rehabilitation services and have the potential to improve rehabilitation for other chronic conditions.