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First steps in designing a videophone for people with dementia: Identification of users' potentials and the requirements of communication technology
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
Karolinska Institutet.
2012 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, Vol. sept, no 5, 356-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To identify, based on the literature, people with dementia´s potentials to manage an easy-to-use videophone, and to develop a videophone requirement specification for people with dementia.

Method:The study is based on the Inclusive Design method, utilising the first two of four phases. Content analyses of literature reviews were used to identify users´potentials for managing a videophone and to gather recommendations regarding communication technology design for the target group. Existing videophones in Sweden were examined regarding potentia fit to users with dementia.Findings: This led to detailed identification of cognitive, physical and psychosocial challenges that people with dementia will probably have when using an ordinary telephone or videophone. A requirement specification for videophone design to fit users with dementia was formulated, with the seven principles of Universal Design as a framework.Conclusions: The requirement specification presented here is aimed at designing a videophone but might also facilitate design of other products for people with dementia, particularly in the field of communication technology. Based on this, further work will focus on developing a design concept and a prototype to be empirically tested by people with dementia and their significant others, i.e. the final two design process phases.

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2012. Vol. sept, no 5, 356-363 p.
Keyword [en]
Assistive technology, dementia care, communication, inclusive design, telephone
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Medical and Health Sciences Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-85336DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2011.635750ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84865212324OAI: diva2:499821

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