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Beyond self-monitoring: understanding non-functional aspects of home-based healthcare technology

Grönvall, Erik and Verdezoto, Nervo ORCID: 2013. Beyond self-monitoring: understanding non-functional aspects of home-based healthcare technology. Presented at: UbiComp '13: 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Zurich, Switzerland, 8-12 September 2013. UbiComp '13: Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing. New York: ACM, pp. 587-596. 10.1145/2493432.2493495

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Monitoring of health parameters in non-clinical settings is one strategy to address the increasingly aging population and age-related disabilities and diseases. However, challenges exist when introducing self-monitoring activities in people's everyday life. An active lifestyle can challenge the appropriation of healthcare technologies and people with comorbidity may have diverse but co-existing monitoring needs. In this paper, we seek to understand home-based health monitoring practices to better design and integrate them into people's everyday life. We perform an analysis of socio-technical complexities in home-based healthcare technologies through three case studies of self-monitoring: 1) pre-eclampsia (i.e. pregnancy poisoning), 2) heart conditions, and 3) preventive care. Through the analysis seven themes emerged (people, resources, places, routines, knowledge, control and motivation) that can facilitate the understanding of home-based healthcare activities. We present three modes of self-monitoring use and provide a set of design recommendations for future Ubicomp designs of home-based healthcare technology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 9781450317702
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 09:30

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