QUEST: The acceptability of using technologies in the home to monitor health and wellbeing – a qualitative study

Health care systems are under pressure due to people living longer, more people living with multiple long-term health conditions and a lack of resources (financial and staff). As a result, these systems are busy and tend to react to health problems once they have already happened rather than trying to prevent them. People using health services can face problems in getting access to services and may have to do a lot of ‘work’ to manage their health such as going to healthcare appointments or monitoring health at home. Technologies could help with these things.

There are currently some technologies available to help people monitor their health, such as watches that monitor heart rate. However, many of the technologies we have today can be expensive, get in the way, or be uncomfortable and difficult to use. In the future, installing newly developed technologies in the home may help to monitor health more easily.

‘The Quantum-Inspired Imaging for Remote Monitoring of Health and Disease in Community Health Care’ or ‘QUEST’ study, is based at the University of Glasgow and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The aim of QUEST is to develop new technologies and devices to be installed in the home, which can be used to remotely monitor people’s health. For example, blood flow, heart rate, movement and possibly brain activity using technology such as lasers, WiFi and radar. You can read more about QUEST here.

As part of the QUEST study, we want to find out the views and experiences of members of the public (adults over the age of 18) and health professionals, about the technologies we are developing. We would like to find out how acceptable the technologies are to people and what they think are the benefits and risks. This would involve taking part in a focus group or interview in person or by video/phone call. All participants will be offered a gift voucher as a token of appreciation for their time.

If you would be interested in finding out more or taking part, please contact the research team (email: or telephone: 0141 330 2816) who will be able to provide you with an information pack and answer any questions you might have.

The team

Contact for further information

Karen Wood (email: , or telephone: 0141 330 2816)