IET Premium Award 2018 for best journal paper on wearable technology for people with dementia

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Julia Rosemary Thorpe
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DTU Management

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Ali Gürcan Özkil
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DTU Mechanical Engineering
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Anja Maier
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Julia Thorpe, with co-authors Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen, Paulina Bién, Ali Gurcan Ozkil, Birgitte Hysse Forchhammer and Anja Maier, wins the Healthcare Technology Letters Premium Award for the paper titled: "Pervasive asistive technology for people with dementia: A User-Centred Design case".

Smart mobile and wearable technology offers exciting opportunities to support people with dementia (PwD). Its ubiquity and popularity could even benefit user adoption – a great challenge for assistive technology (AT) for PwD that calls for user-centred design (UCD) methods. This study describes a user-centred approach to developing and testing AT based on off-the-shelf pervasive technologies. A prototype is created by combining a smartphone, smartwatch and various applications to offer six support features. This is tested among five end-users (PwD) and their caregivers. Controlled usability testing was followed by field testing in a real-world context. Data is gathered from video recordings, interaction logs, system usability scale questionnaires, logbooks, application usage logs and interviews structured on the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology model. The data is analysed to evaluate usability, usefulness and user acceptance. Results show some promise for user adoption, but highlight challenges to be overcome, emphasising personalisation and familiarity as key considerations. The complete findings regarding usability issues, usefulness of support features and four identified adoption profiles are used to provide a set of recommendations for practitioners and further research. These contribute toward UCD practices for improved smart, pervasive assistive technology for dementia.

Download journal paper here: Healthcare Technology Letters

More information on the research project: 

Engineering Systems Design in Healthcare: Smart Wearables for Dementia Monitoring

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