This tool provides value to people in end of life care by identifying and selecting personalized variables for a comparative happiness test. Data is logged over time and a robust personal profile is recorded. The need that this idea solves is creating a place for happiness to be measured and considered clinically, not just by family members, caretakers or the patient alone. The MVP user interface is simple. One to three word descriptive sentences with simple mono colored objects that are meant to inspire the creation of a mental image. Patients are asked to compare these mental images resulting in actionable data.
The MVP decision tool test is run as such:
1) Instruction: Please read the following word and observe the object presented. You may click when ready to move forward.
[A. Click, B. Word and object pair A are presented]
2) Instruction: Pause for a moment to create a mental snapshot of the prescribed situation (for example, if the word is “play” and the object is a slide, you may picture a playground scene where your younger self plays). Write down or record a description of the mental image created.
3) Instruction: Now repeat the process of creating and recording a mental image for the following word and object. You may click when ready to move forward.
[C. Click, D. Word and object pair B are presented]
4) Instruction: Of the two mental images formed, tell us which one makes you feel the happiest. Use the slider below to indicate how much happier one image makes you than the other (if both images make you equally happy, leave the slider in the center).
[E. Both Words and objects are presented opposite, F. Move slider to appropriate position]
5) Repeat process indefinitely and track self-reported happiness over time.
Results of comparison tests are delivered to a healthcare professional for integration into daily activities and scheduled into family visits. Family can be notified of frequency requirements and “add to calendar/make appointment” functionality opening a channel of communication for EoL happiness care needs.
- Empowers healthcare providers with answers to difficult questions about psychological and emotional needs.
- Makes happiness an achievable goal for EoL patients.
- Relieves the burden of scheduling from the family.
Happiness word object pairs are used to both identify broad and specific values by enabling the user to craft specific situations. The creation of a mental image provides a far more impactful (albeit subjective) foundation for measuring happiness as a feeling. Answers over time will reveal the value of introversion vs. extroversion, preferred types of activity, preferred presence of family. The idea would be to make happiness a priority and highly correlate the measured mental images with available activities at end of life in order to optimize the patient’s self-reported levels of happiness. At least one activity would be integrated in the patient’s daily routine allowing them an opportunity for happiness to be experienced daily.
An exciting potential secondary effect of this product would be the positive emotional impact that would come from patients visualizing things that make them happy. Were this product prescribed as a routine component of a treatment plan, patients may in time grow to enjoy the testing process in addition to its outputs. I think the most important factor for this product is that the results be applied, planned and scheduled into the patient’s routine.
Examples of happiness word object pairs:
- Social [Dancing]
- Social [Laughing]
- Social [Watching a show]
- Social [Music]
- Quiet [Reading]
- Quiet [Writing]
- Quiet [Meditating]
- Quiet [Yoga/Tai Chi]
- Play [Music]
- Play [Sport]
- Play [Board games]
- Play [Boating]
- Family [Children]
- Family [Grandchildren]
- Family [Pet]
- Family [Couple]
- Family [Baby]
- Active [Sport]
- Active [Birdwatching]
- Active [Swimming]
- Active [Yoga/Tai Chi]