WeLL 2014 Abstracts

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Paper Nr: 1

Youtube How-to-Videos (HtV) - A Well-being Literacy Tool for Promoting Community Integration in Persons with Disability


Alexander Libin, Manon Maitland Schladen, Inger Ljungberg, Brenda Tsai, Ellen Danford and Suzanne Groah

Abstract: Social media’s power to connect and educate those with chronic conditions opens new avenues for improving patient self-management. Recent studies have reported increased condition knowledge, patient satisfaction, and compliance with treatment following social media involvement. A 5-year, consumer-focused training project conducted at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Spinal Cord Injury aims to promote self-management skills in persons with SCI in areas of skin care, cardiometabolic risk reduction, and obesity prevention. The training framework incorporates a YouTube-based, shared video social network that connects participants with community-based resources necessary to achieve independence, stability, and community integration. It is anticipated that findings from the project will increase well-being literacy in individuals with SCI and enable them to self-manage health to function more independently in their daily lives and integrating back into the community.

Paper Nr: 2

Coping Intelligence - A Blueprint for Multimedia Patient Education


Elena Libin

Abstract: This paper presents a new approach to the theory of multimedia well-being literacy education based on the concept of Coping Intelligence. Multidimensional Positive Coping Model includes three cross-cutting parameters differentiating each coping strategy as efficient or inefficient, emotional, cognitive or behavioral, and active or passive. Results of the statistical analysis verified a basic two-factor structure of the Coping Intelligence with the alternative solutions for efficient and inefficient coping strategies characterized via three basic modalities. The unified methodology underlying the new concept of Coping Intelligence, as well as \emph{Coping IQ} assessment, is applicable for developing multimedia well-being literacy applications for both clinical and general populations. \emph{CIQ} parameters might serve as useful feedback while assessing changes in individual coping repertoire, for it measures not stable traits, but strategies that can be modified as a result of life experiences or educational training.

Paper Nr: 7

The Use of ICT for Teaching in a Poor Resource Setting


Anandh-Rao Parathnandh, Shailendra Sing, Umesh Lalloo, Sandy Pillay and Nisha Nadesanreddy

Abstract: South Africa, like many countries in Africa is plagued by issues related to lack of bandwidth and in many of our rural districts there is no infrastructure for any kind of internet connection. One of the key objectives of the MEPI programme (Medical Education Partnership Initiative) is to be able to conduct de-centralised teaching to medical students in rural hospitals via video conferencing. These students are normally doing their community service and have no contact with their lecturers.The role of Computer Education and Information technology is key to the successful implementation of the UKZN MEPI ENTRÉE programme. The IT provisioning involves the setup of infrastructure and the rollout of an effective video conferencing system that would facilitate decentralised teaching and learning. IT. The IT brief also entails the planning and rollout of an E-Learning platform to further enhance the effectiveness of the programme. Given the demographic diversity and lack of adequate IT infrastructure to support such and elaborate objective, IT will have to find innovative ways to overcome these challenges.