GW4-PATH: Perception and Attitudes of Technologies for Healthcare

  • Lasseter, Gemma (PI)
  • Choi, Heungjae (CoI)
  • Colyer, Steffi (CoI)
  • Grant, Sabrina (CoI)
  • Pickles, Tim (CoI)
  • Sauchelli, Sarah (PI)
  • Sherlock, Ben (CoI)
  • Voinescu, Alexandra (CoI)
  • Zhang, Jingjing (CoI)

Project: Research-related funding

Project Details


The UK is facing an ageing population; contributing to an exponential increase in the number of people with multiple long-term conditions and the economic burden placed on the National Health Service (NHS) and society (Office for National Statistics, 2016). Simultaneously, NHS funding growth over the past 5 years has been the slowest in its history (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018). In response, healthcare is changing to promote efficiency via concerted action across the NHS (NHS England, 2018). The exceptionally fast technological advance in healthcare during the 21st century may be key to addressing the NHS’ 10 Point Efficiency Plan.


This rapid technological innovation means novel technologies are often released onto the UK market without fully considering the general public’s needs. Access and acceptance of these technologies by users is essential to accelerate successful uptake in clinical practice and the optimisation of the benefits they can provide (NHS Health Education England, 2019). Understanding user-related variables that can impact the acceptance and adoption of new digital health technologies, enables the co-design of tailored interventions and programmes to target key factors influencing users’ behaviour. Aims and plan of investigation: Cutting-edge Novel Healthcare Technologies (NHTs) are being developed by several members of this GW4 collaboration driving innovation in specific areas: 1. Non-invasive blood glucose monitor. 2. Miniaturised, laser-based microscope for early diagnosis of arthritis. 3. Virtual reality (VR) as adjunct tool in clinical psychology. 4. Phone based applications (apps) for collection of personal data. Via a mixed methods, this collaborative project will seek to address the paucity of evidence in this area by probing the general public’s perceptions towards the use of these diverse NHTs by administering a survey to a nationally representative sample.
Short title5,413.40
Effective start/end date1/09/1930/04/20