Medical Professionals' Preferences for Use of Smart Home Devices for Remote Patient Monitoring

Please find the information on the study below and contact us at if you wish to participate.  

Project title: Medical Professionals' Preferences for Use of Smart Home Devices for Remote Patient Monitoring

Funding: Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) 

Principal Investigators: Prof. Moojan Ghafurian  

Co-Investigator: Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, Prof. Colin Ellard, Prof Plinio Morita 

You are invited to participate in a study about the use of smart home devices for remote patient monitoring. We are doing research on developing social robots connected with smart home devices and wearables that can support people’s physical and mental health. We would like to conduct an interview to know about your opinion, and the type of data that you would find most beneficial to be gathered. Before you agree to take part in this study, it is important for you to understand what you will be asked to do. Please read the information below and make a decision about whether or not you wish to participate. Feel free to ask us any questions about the study, or any part of this form that may not be clear. If you wish to participate, please contact

Inclusion Criteria:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must be a family doctors or nurse practitioners in Canada 

Research Purpose

In this study, we aim to understand your opinion about how smart home devices can help with remote patient monitoring. The primary goal of the study would be to inform design of smart home systems that can support one’s physical and mental health and improve remote monitoring. 

We are specifically interested to ask the type of data that you will find to be beneficial to have and health conditions that you think would benefit the most from continuous monitoring.  

There are no known or anticipated risks associated with participation in this study. 


After signing the consent form, we will conduct a short interview that includes 4 questions. We will use audio recording, which will be kept confidential.  

If you chose an online interview, the interview will be conducted over an online platform, Zoom. Zoom has implemented technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect the information provided via the Services from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no Internet transmission is ever fully secure or error free. 


The whole process will take up to 15 minutes. 

Participation and withdraw

This study is expected to take less than 15 minutes. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can stop at any point that you wish and ask us to delete the audio recording. You can also skip answering any questions that you prefer not to answer. If you do decide to continue with the study, you will be asked to accept this consent form. Even if you do consent, you can withdraw from the study at the end of the interview, and we will remove all your information and the voice recordings. Note that because we are keeping the audio recordings anonymously, in other words, we will not link audio recordings with your name and other identifiable information (i.e., age, gender, occupation, and years of practice), we will not have a way of deleting it after the study, because we will not know which recording belongs to you. 


You will not be identified individually in any written reports of this research. The information that is collected from the interviews will be assigned a random ID and will not be associated with you. 

We will not keep a link between your name and audio recorded interview. You may withdraw your consent and your data anytime until the end of the session. The data will be securely stored on the principal investigators’ computer and a lab server for analysis, all of which are password protected. Anonymized data may be published publicly in the future. Anonymized data will be stored for a minimum of 7 years.  

Will I receive anything for participating in the study?

You will be entered into a draw to win an Amazon Gift Card, valued at $100. There will be one gift card per 20 participants, so your odds of winning the gift card is one in twenty. The amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes. To participate in the draw, we will ask you to enter your email at the end of this consent form. We will inform you via email if you win and will let you know how to collect the prize. As mentioned above, your email address will be stored separately from your responses and will remain confidential. Your email address will be deleted once the draw is complete, unless you agree that we keep it, only to inform you about our future studies. 

Sharing the results

Once all the data are collected and analyzed for this project, we plan on sharing this information with the research community through seminars, conferences, presentations, and journal articles. 


If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to speak to the research team for any reason, please contact: 

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board (REB 44405). If you have questions for the Board contact the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or