Electronic Healthcare. Third International Conference, eHealth 2010, Casablanca, Morocco, December 13-15, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Accounting for User Diversity in the Acceptance of Medical Assistive Technologies

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_22,
        author={Sylvia Kowalewski and Wiktoria Wilkowska and Martina Ziefle},
        title={Accounting for User Diversity in the Acceptance of Medical Assistive Technologies},
        proceedings={Electronic Healthcare. Third International Conference, eHealth 2010, Casablanca, Morocco, December 13-15, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={E-HEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={aging concepts user diversity usefulness medical technology},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_22}
    }
    
  • Sylvia Kowalewski
    Wiktoria Wilkowska
    Martina Ziefle
    Year: 2012
    Accounting for User Diversity in the Acceptance of Medical Assistive Technologies
    E-HEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_22
Sylvia Kowalewski1,*, Wiktoria Wilkowska1,*, Martina Ziefle1,*
  • 1: RWTH Aachen
*Contact email: kowalewski@humtec.rwth-aachen.de, wilkowska@humtec.rwth-aachen.de, ziefle@humtec.rwth-aachen.de

Abstract

This paper describes two studies focusing on acceptance of medical technologies from different points of view – in general and in particular. Acceptance of medical assistive technologies was analyzed considering influences of user diversity factors. The first study explored how people perceive the aging process itself and showed how this perception is associated with general aspects of acceptance of medical technology in terms of usability. The second study was conducted to analyze acceptance of a specific technology – a smart robot – revealing that the acceptance of a concrete medical device is more specific and that especially age and gender form its underlying structures.