University of Twente Student Theses


Designing a remote lifestyle intervention for older adults using empathic design.

Vegt, K.H.B. van der (2023) Designing a remote lifestyle intervention for older adults using empathic design.

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Abstract:Just like many other countries in the world, the Netherlands experiences population ageing. The number of older adults has significantly increased in the last three decades. With age come certain health challenges that require specific ways to be addressed that are designed with the a priority for the user needs. As the recent pandemic has challenged the country’s healthcare stability, eHealth has shown it’s importance in remote healthcare and is steering more and more into using the Internet-of-Things. Home therapy and lifestyle interventions have been offered to people to try to get them to be more physically active. This thesis researches how a remote lifestyle intervention for older adults can be designed using empathic design and proposes a design for a home physiotherapy training system. A practical usability case study on a developed home physiotherapy technology was used to form the base concept of the system and highlight different user needs. To ensure clarification on and the prioritization of the user needs throughout the design process, an empathic approach for the design of this remote lifestyle system was applied using a co-design brainstorm session. The combined findings of these respective practical studies presented the research population’s user needs and design requirements. This user-centered design approach results in a proposed eHealth system that catered to challeges older adults may face, while motivating themselves to stay physically and prospectively mentally active. The final design proposition is a combined eHealth installation, consisting of an electronic operating device paired to a digital physiotherapy training application, where users conduct clinical physiotherapy exercises, track their progress, are socially connected with peers; while involved healthcare professionals are able to monitor and interact remotely. This thesis is concluced with the final design proposition for the home physiotherapy system and an interface mock-up design of the digital application.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 76 recreation, leisure
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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