6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Using participatory design to determine the needs of informal caregivers for smart home user interfaces

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248671,
        author={Amy Hwang and Khai Truong and Alex Mihailidis},
        title={Using participatory design to determine the needs of informal caregivers for smart home user interfaces},
        proceedings={6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={7},
        keywords={intelligent systems smart homes dementia informal caregivers user interfaces participatory design caregiver burden},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248671}
    }
    
  • Amy Hwang
    Khai Truong
    Alex Mihailidis
    Year: 2012
    Using participatory design to determine the needs of informal caregivers for smart home user interfaces
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248671
Amy Hwang1,*, Khai Truong1, Alex Mihailidis1
  • 1: University of Toronto
*Contact email: amy.hwang@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Smart home technologies hold potential to help older adults with dementia complete activities independently, while alleviating the burden placed on their informal caregivers. Toward this goal, more research focus is needed to involve informal caregivers in the needs analysis and design of smart home user interfaces, for which they are likely to become primary users in the future. In this paper, we present our participatory design approach and the tensions that challenge user interface design for the intelligent COACH system that assists with activities of daily living in the home. Future work should involve older adults with dementia and other care stakeholders in user-centered design processes, and the development of systematic, interdisciplinary approaches for user interface design.