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Using a Participatory Action Research Design to Develop an Application Together with Young Adults with Spina Bifida
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1545-3876
Health and Habilitation Centre, Uppsala County Council, Uppsala, Sweden..
2Health and Habilitation Centre, Uppsala County Council, Uppsala, Sweden..
2015 (English)In: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ISSN 0926-9630, E-ISSN 1879-8365, Vol. 217, 189-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: Young adults with spina bifida often have cognitive difficulties. As a result, young adults with disabilities are facing challenges with respect to housing, education, relationships and vocation which increases risk of unemployment.

AIM: The aim is to describe a method to develop a smartphone application together with young adults with spina bifida as an assistive technology for cognition.

METHOD: In a Participatory Action Research approach, young adults (n = 5) with spina bifida were individually interviewed with Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). The participants' restrictions in everyday life activities, identified by COPM, were discussed in a focus group formed by the young adults and the result was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Developing the application the principles of Human-Centered-Design and Universal Design was followed.

RESULT: An application made for iOS with a focus on usability and worthiness, done by creating a clear and intuitive interface, with a calendar function useful for example to initiate and plan social activities was developed.

CONCLUSION: The method seems useful when the outcome from the project, a beta version of an application for iOS Smartphone, was achieved in agreement with the participants. The study highlight the importance of involving individuals with disabilities when developing smartphone applications.

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2015. Vol. 217, 189-194 p.
Keyword [en]
Assistive technology for cognition, COPM, spina bifida
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Occupational Therapy Human Computer Interaction Interaction Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122997PubMedID: 26294472OAI: diva2:875522
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