UManage Center

UManage Center: Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management

The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management is made up of a team of interdisciplinary scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeking to develop wearable and handheld technologies to help people self-manage the symptoms of chronic illness, including fatigue and impaired sleep. Over the next five years, it will fund 10 research projects. 

The UManage Center philosophy is to empower patients and their family members to self-manage their chronic conditions, instead of making healthcare professionals responsible for directing patients’ care. By starting with patients’ and their family members’ needs, we address what individuals actually need rather than what clinicians think they need.

The Center is funded by a five-year, $1.23 million grant awarded to the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing by the National Institute of Nursing Research. It is one of only three new grants of its kind awarded in 2016.

Specific Aims – Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management:

  • Create the infrastructure to establish, operate, and maintain the UManage Center

  • Expand scientific capacity in the nursing community

  • Solicit and select meritorious pilot projects directed at the self-management of symptoms to manage, prevent, alleviate, or eliminate fatigue and impaired sleep.

  • Incorporate human factors considerations into the wearable and handheld systems used to monitor fatigue and impaired sleep by individuals.

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