4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Challenges in participation

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        author={Rikke Aarhus and Erik Gronvall and Morten Kyng},
        title={Challenges in participation },
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={participatory design; rehabilitaiton; elderly; homebasedhealth care; non-professional users and settings.},
  • Rikke Aarhus
    Erik Gronvall
    Morten Kyng
    Year: 2010
    Challenges in participation
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8794
Rikke Aarhus1,*, Erik Gronvall1,*, Morten Kyng1,*
  • 1: Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
*Contact email: raa@cs.au.dk, gronvall@cs.au.dk, mkyng@cs.au.dk


Participatory Design (PD) has a strong tradition in professional settings, including e.g. hospitals and nursing homes. As care and rehabilitation practices move, to a greater extent, out of the hospitals and into private homes a new take on PD is needed to facilitate design activities with patients or laypeople as the primary user groups and to design healthcare applications to be used primarily in the home. This paper discusses challenges and possibilities related to the design of home-based healthcare applications and especially the users' possibilities for participation in creative PD activities. Based upon ongoing design-work, related to home-based rehabilitation of elderly suffering from vestibular dysfunction (dizziness), this paper presents lessons learned and initial outcomes related to patient/citizen-focused development of healthcare solutions for private homes. We present initial ideas on how PD can be used to develop pervasive healthcare applications with less resourceful user-groups such as elderly people suffering from illness.