Linking activity theory with user centred design: a Human Computer Interaction framework for the design and evaluation of mHealth interventions

Alice Good*, Omobolanle Omisade

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Abstract

mHealth can offer great potential for the self-management of health conditions and facilitating health services. It is therefore imperative that the design of mHealth systems afford optimum efficacy and effectiveness. Involving end users in collaborative decision making is an essential aspect of increasing acceptance of the treatment intervention. Involving users in the design and evaluation of mHealth systems helps to enable a better understanding of the complexity of user needs and how to incorporate this information effectively into the design process. This chapter discusses how Activity Theory can help to provide a theoretical lens for a User Centred Design framework in the design of mHealth systems. A general overview of Activity Theory and User Centred Design are provided, followed by their application in mHealth. Two use cases are provided that demonstrate how Activity Theory has helped provide a broader contextual analysis to a User Centred iterative approach to system design and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Interdisciplinary Theory in Health Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationA Knowledge Base for Practitioners
EditorsNicolette De Keizer, Philip Scott, Andrew Georgiou
PublisherIOS Press
Pages49-63
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-991-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-990-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume263
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Keywords

  • Activity Theory
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • mHealth
  • User Centred Design

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