DEUSTO researchers from the e-vida and eDucaR (Deusto Education Research) have joined efforts in an interdisciplinary initiative to measure the impact of the HealthyAir Tool. The results were published in the scientific journal Sustainability - Special Issue Research Contributions to the Social Development of Under-Served Communities on 25 November 2020.
HealthyAIR is a tool that detects pollution risk in real life. The target population is people with cardiorespiratory complications who are especially susceptible to the current COVID-19. The goal is to empower people by controlling air pollution everywhere to minimize the risk of having a seizure.
In order to measure the social impact of the HealthyAIR tool, DEUSTO researchers used a Likert scale survey with two groups: professionals (engineers/healthcare) and end-users. The data was assessed in accordance with the indicators for social impact defined for the Key Impact Pathways introduced by the European Commission for Horizon Europe and the criteria of the Social Impact Open Repository (SIOR).
The results show that professionals “totally agree” (33.33%) and “agree” (26.67%) that HealthyAIR could help authorities improve their health prevention policies and programmes. Users considered the tool to be “very useful” (38.46%) and “quite useful” (42.31%), which denotes its necessity.
The study concludes that professionals and end users see HealthyAIR as a great preventative tool, with the former seeing it as a way to avoid seizures in their patients who, in this COVID-19 era, are particularly sensitive to any cardiorespiratory health problem. However, users suggest improving the user’s manual to make it more understandable.
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