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Designing a smart technology to promote joyful weight monitoring among patients after gastric bypass surgery

Lagsir, Mourad (2021) Designing a smart technology to promote joyful weight monitoring among patients after gastric bypass surgery.

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Abstract:Research: Patients that have recently received a gastric bypass surgery often perceive the annual follow up meetings that follow as annoying and time consuming and the same goes for monitoring their body weight weekly, which is recommended by the doctors. The latter has partly to do with the negative perception towards weighing. Weighing is perceived as confrontational and is often avoided because of that reason. Here we investigate: “How could a smart technology be designed to promote joyful weight monitoring among patients after gastric bypass surgery”. Methodology: There was an iterative design process including important stakeholders throughout the entire process, integrating elements of co-design. The final design allowed patients to play a touchscreen-controlled game while. standing on a numberless scale. Nine participants (n=9, male=6, female=3) of an obesity clinic participated in a three-step usability test: 1) The thinking out loud method, 2) structured interview, 3) system usability scale questionnaire (SUS). Results: We have observed that the current design effectively promotes its theme of joyfulness by concluding that there is a high level usability and therefore satisfaction. There is an strong indication that the current concept could motivate the user to weekly step on a scale. Additionally, there is a positive conception towards the idea of gaming, the setup and the overall concept, however additional features could increase the level of joy even more. Conclusion: We conclude that this design fits within the current trend of weight management programs that attempt to personalize the healthcare not only for gastric bypass patients, but for overweight patients in general. Future research is suggested to include a longitudinal study to test if the concept stays evenly joyful after a few years as in the beginning.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 02 science and culture in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85675
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