Participatory design with older adults for healthcare apps

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The global population of people aged 60 years and older is growing rapidly [1]. Ongoing advances in mobile technologies have the potential to improve independence and quality of life of older adults by supporting the delivery of personalised and ubiquitous healthcare solutions. Suggested healthcare reforms reflect the need for a future model of healthcare delivery wherein older adults take more responsibility for their own healthcare in their own homes in an attempt to moderate healthcare costs without impairing healthcare quality. For such a paradigm shift to be realised, the supporting technology must address the needs of older patients efficiently and effectively to ensure technology acceptance and use. We argue this is not possible without employing participatory approaches for the informed and effective design and development of such technologies and outline recommendations for engaging in participatory design with older adults with impairments based on practical experience.

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Publication date23 Sep 2014
Publication titleProceedings of the Workshop on Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults, part of 16th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices (MobileHCI '14)
PublisherACM
Original languageEnglish
EventWorkshop on Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults, part of 16th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices (MobileHCI '14) - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 23 Sep 2014 → …

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WorkshopWorkshop on Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults, part of 16th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices (MobileHCI '14)
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period23/09/14 → …

    Keywords

  • older adults, mobile technology, Participatory design (PD), inclusive design

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