Infographic + survey about self-trackers’ experiences in using these tools and apps for self-managed healthcare

Infographic_Manal_AlmalkiHello all,

My name is Manal Almalki. I’m a PhD candidate at Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne. I am conducting an online survey as part of my PhD research project which aims to investigate the challenges and opportunities for self-managed healthcare that are raised by people using self-tracking tools, wearable technologies, and self-quantification services to collect data about their personal health and fitness status. This research has received approval from the University of Melbourne’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC 1339336.1).

I would like to invite you to participate in our research project. Participation is voluntary. We are offering a USD50$ Amazon gift card to the first 20 eligible people who complete the survey between 2 and 17 March 2014. It is our way of saying thank you for your time. The survey can be accessed directly via the link below and will take approximately 40-45 minutes. Further details are provided in the informed consent sheet on the first survey page. If you are interested in participating, please click here to start the survey:

To be eligible to participate, you must be 18 or older, and currently using more than one of self-tracking tool(s) or/and app(s) as part of your health self-management. However, if you attempt to complete the survey but are screened out (e.g., you do not qualify for the survey), or you start the survey but fail to complete it, you will not receive the reward.

Survey questions will cover topics such as: what tracking tool/app do you use? What is your motivation of self-tracking? How do you collect, handle (manage), and analyse your data? What you have learnt from self-tracking?. The results will be available via our blog at the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre.

At the end of the survey you will prompted to enter your email. The winners will be notified via their email addresses. Notification of acceptance will be sent from end of April 2014.

The survey is targeting 200-250 trackers. We have received 50 responses since 1st Dec 2013, the day of lunching the survey. We would very appreciate it if you could spread the survey’s link around. It would be fantastic if you were able to distribute it via your own blogs, websites and social channels.

Further information about this research is available at:

If you have any questions about the survey or the research, please contact me via email:

I look forward to you taking part in the study and would like to thank you in advance for your assistance, time and consideration.

Thank you,

Manal Almalki


About HaBIC

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIc) at the University of Melbourne. Our goal is to build collaborations that advance human health through the shared development and application of expert knowledge about information and communication technologies for healthcare and biomedical research. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus and works closely with researchers from across The University of Melbourne, particularly Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, Computing and Information Systems, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Melbourne School of Medicine and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
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