Beyond Self-Monitoring: Understanding Non-functional Aspects of Home-based Healthcare Technology

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  • Erik Grönvall, Denmark
  • Nervo Verdezoto, Denmark
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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp '13
Editors Friedemann Mattern , Silvia Santini
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearSep 2013
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-2215-7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
EventThe 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 8 Sep 201312 Sep 2013


ConferenceThe 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

    Research areas

  • Self-monitoring, Personal health management, Case Studies, home-based healthcare technology

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