Personal technology use amongst stroke patients: understanding the best platforms for the design of health interventions in treatment and rehabilitation

Nicholas William Ciccone, Frederik L Dornonville de la Cour, Julia Rosemary Thorpe, Birgitte Hysse Forchhammer, Anja Maier

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Abstract

Europe's healthcare systems are under strain with an ageing population contributing to increased risk of strokes. Rapid technology adaption is needed to prevent, rehabilitate and manage symptoms. This paper identifies what technology platforms are most familiar and accessible to stroke patients to guide designers and engineers to develop future interventions. A survey was distributed to 100 inpatients at a stroke unit, identifying patients' accessibility and usage of personal technologies. Results showed that desktop/laptops and smartphones were most used as opposed to tablets and smartwatches. Different technologies were used for different tasks with a notable lack of devices used for personal health. The underlying reasons for this are discussed with recommendations made on what personal technology platforms should be implemented by designers and engineers in technology-based health interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2419-2428
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021
Event23rd International Conference on Engineering Design - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 16 Aug 202120 Aug 2021
https://iced.designsociety.org/57/ICED21+-+Gothenburg%2C+Sweden
https://iced.designsociety.org/

Keywords

  • technology
  • new product development
  • user centred design
  • stroke
  • intervention

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