Connected Nation - Interview: Lucy Yardley, University of Southampton
Supplementary content information
Lucy Yardley pioneered the development of LifeGuide and the EPSRC-supported UBHave project. Her research addresses how best to both optimise user engagement with digital interventions and to integrate digital support for self-management of health with existing healthcare services.
You must select the video player for these keys to function.
|Spacebar||Play/Pause when the seek bar is selected. Activate a button if a button has focus.|
|Play/Pause Media Key on keyboards||Play / Pause.|
|K||Pause/Play in player.|
|Stop Media Key on keyboards||Stop.|
|Next Track Media Key on keyboards||Moves to the next track in a playlist.|
|Left/Right arrow on the seek bar||Seek backward/forward 5 seconds.|
|J||Seek backward 10 seconds in player.|
|L||Seek forward 10 seconds in player.|
|Home/End on the seek bar||Seek to the beginning/last seconds of the video.|
|Up/Down arrow on the seek bar||Increase/Decrease volume 5%.|
|Numbers 1 to 9 on the seek bar (not on the numeric pad)||Seek to the 10% to 90% of the video.
|Number 0 on the seek bar (not on the numeric pad)||Seek to the beginning of the video.
|Number 1 or Shift+1||Move between H1 headers.|
|/||Go to search box.|
|F||Activate full screen. If full screen mode is enabled, activate F again or press escape to exit full screen mode.|
|C||Activate closed captions and subtitles if available. To hide captions and subtitles, activate C again.|
|Shift+N||Move to the next video (If you are using a playlist, will go to the next video of the playlist. If not using a playlist, it will move to the next YouTube suggested video).|
|Shift+P||Move to the previous video. Note that this shortcut only works when you are using a playlist.|
Lucy Yardley, University of Southampton
Ok, I'm here with LifeGuide, and LifeGuide is a set of unique software resources that allow people who are not programmers to develop behaviour change interventions, which means apps, websites and so on that are interactive, and help people change their behaviour to be more healthy or to manage their illness better.
We have a couple of the actual apps. We've got Power which is a weight management intervention that NHS Choices is thinking about rolling out, and we've also got Virus Defence which is to help people wash their hands more so that they won't spread infection during a pandemic, and Nice is keen to endorse that. Well the software has allowed us to develop so many different health applications. There are lots of public health ones; like physical activity to prevent dementia, and help with diabetes, and stop smoking, as well as weight management. We've also got lots of illness management ones, to help people deal with their cancer, back pain, high blood pressure - you name it.
So it's led to really, a huge explosion of applications and we've been trialling those, taking them through to show that they work, and we’ve started to publish them in journals such as the Lancet and now they're going to be taken up and disseminated nationally and internationally, for tens, hundreds of thousands really. Some of our use of software is very much the cutting edge, so for example we use the sensors on smartphones to work out what people are doing and then we can give them just in time advice that is adaptive and works out how their needs are changing, and gives them just the right advice for them at that particular time in a situation.
The general public have been biting our hand off for our interventions because they feel a need that isn't being met. So if you want expert advice is personalized for you in the convenience of your own home, 24 hours a day, you're going to have to get that from a digital source. And we're providing that, and they can't get that to the healthcare system, so there’s enormous enthusiasm from users for what we can provide.