Designing health and fitness apps with older adults: Examining the value of experience-based co-design

Christina N. Harrington, Lauren Wilcox, Kay Connelly, Wendy Rogers, Jon Sanford

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Abstract

Identifying useful features of health and fitness technologies has the potential to lead to more effective pervasive technology interventions. Through collaborative creative processes, co-design provides useful insight and direction for the design of these technologies from populations such as older adults who are often neglected in design. Additionally, extensive technology experience prior to co-design may elicit richer feedback from users that may otherwise be unfamiliar with the intervention of interest. In this paper, we examine the value of experience-based co-design among older adults. We report on seven design sessions conducted with a total of 25 older adults, following a 10-week study of fitness app effectiveness. Sessions were grouped into users and non-users of the assigned app following the study. We found that continued use with the assigned application led to more robust, detailed feedback in design sessions, suggesting that long-term, prior use of sample technologies is an important prerequisite to ideating useful features for new health technology. We draw on these findings to make design recommendations, and discuss the values and guidelines of implementing experience-based co-design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages15-24
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364508
DOIs
StatePublished - May 21 2018
Event12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018 - New York, United States
Duration: May 21 2018May 24 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period5/21/185/24/18

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Health
  • Mobile applications
  • Older adults
  • Physical activity
  • co-design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Harrington, C. N., Wilcox, L., Connelly, K., Rogers, W., & Sanford, J. (2018). Designing health and fitness apps with older adults: Examining the value of experience-based co-design. In Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018 (pp. 15-24). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3240925.3240929