Arthritis Care’s challenge is how to help and support young people to cope better with the pain and struggles of living with arthritis. Over the past 12 weeks, Arthritis Care has co-created and developed a prototype app with and for young people that has the potential to transform a young person’s experience living with arthritis. It has been an incredible experience and the hard work of a dedicated and committed team has resulted in the completion of a first iteration working prototype. The team has experienced first-hand the significant impact that digital technology integration can potentially have within a healthcare setting.
Through the TIR programme, the initial concept was refined and developed into a prototype app that allows young people to track their condition and produce reports about symptoms/side effects of their medication, sleep, activity, school, mood and more. In its current form, the app provides basic hints and tips that can empower the young person/user to take control of their arthritis and improve their quality of life. The interface has been co-designed with young people using the approach of messaging a friend to gather information rather than data input.