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ICT-Based Fall Prevention System for Older Adults: Qualitative Results from a Long-Term Field Study

  • Falls and their consequences are arguably most important events for transition from independent living to institutional care for older adults. Information and communication technology (ICT)-based support of fall prevention and fall risk assessment under the control of the user has a tremendous potential to, over time, prevent falls and reduce associated harm and costs. Our research uses participative design and a persuasive health approach to allow for seamless integration of an ICT-based fall prevention system into older adults’ everyday life. Based on a 6-month field study with 12 participants, we present qualitative results regarding the system use and provide insights into attitudes and practices of older adults concerning fall prevention and ICT-supported self-management of health. Our study demonstrates how it can lead to positive aspects of embodiment and health literacy through continuous monitoring of personal results, improved technical confidence, and quality of life. Implications are provided for designing similar systems.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Corinna Ogonowski, Konstantin Aal, Daryoush Vaziri, Thomas Von Rekowski, Dave Randall, Dirk Schreiber, Rainer Wieching, Volker Wulf
Parent Title (English):ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
First Page:1
Last Page:33
Date of first publication:2016/11/01
Tag:Exergame; Living Lab; fall prevention; fall risk; long-term study; older adults; qualitative research
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Verbraucherinformatik (IVI)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Entry in this database:2016/10/24