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Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’: preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology

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Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’ : preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology. / Wherton, Joe; Sugarhood, Paul; Procter, Rob; Rouncefield, Mark; Dewsbury, Guy; Greenhalgh, Trish; Hinder, Sue.

In: BMC Medical Research Methodology, Vol. 12, 188, 20.12.2012.

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Wherton, J, Sugarhood, P, Procter, R, Rouncefield, M, Dewsbury, G, Greenhalgh, T & Hinder, S 2012, 'Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’: preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology', BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol. 12, 188. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-12-188

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Wherton, J., Sugarhood, P., Procter, R., Rouncefield, M., Dewsbury, G., Greenhalgh, T., & Hinder, S. (2012). Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’: preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12, [188]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-12-188

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Wherton J, Sugarhood P, Procter R, Rouncefield M, Dewsbury G, Greenhalgh T et al. Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’: preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012 Dec 20;12. 188. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-12-188

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Wherton, Joe ; Sugarhood, Paul ; Procter, Rob ; Rouncefield, Mark ; Dewsbury, Guy ; Greenhalgh, Trish ; Hinder, Sue. / Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’ : preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology. In: BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2012 ; Vol. 12.

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title = "Designing assisted living technologies {\textquoteleft}in the wild{\textquoteright}: preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology",
abstract = "BackgroundThere is growing interest in assisted living technologies to support independence at home. Such technologies should ideally be designed {\textquoteleft}in the wild{\textquoteright} i.e. taking account of how real people live in real homes and communities. The ATHENE (Assistive Technologies for Healthy Living in Elders: Needs Assessment by Ethnography) project seeks to illuminate the living needs of older people and facilitate the co-production with older people of technologies and services. This paper describes the development of a cultural probe tool produced as part of the ATHENE project and how it was used to support home visit interviews with elders with a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, family circumstances, health conditions and assisted living needs.MethodThirty one people aged 60 to 98 were visited in their homes on three occasions. Following an initial interview, participants were given a set of cultural probe materials, including a digital camera and the {\textquoteleft}Home and Life Scrapbook{\textquoteright} to complete in their own time for one week. Activities within the Home and Life Scrapbook included maps (indicating their relationships to people, places and objects), lists (e.g. likes, dislikes, things they were concerned about, things they were comfortable with), wishes (things they wanted to change or improve), body outline (indicating symptoms or impairments), home plan (room layouts of their homes to indicate spaces and objects used) and a diary. After one week, the researcher and participant reviewed any digital photos taken and the content of the Home and Life Scrapbook as part of the home visit interview.FindingsThe cultural probe facilitated collection of visual, narrative and material data by older people, and appeared to generate high levels of engagement from some participants. However, others used the probe minimally or not at all for various reasons including limited literacy, physical problems (e.g. holding a pen), lack of time or energy, limited emotional or psychological resources, life events, and acute illness. Discussions between researchers and participants about the materials collected (and sometimes about what had prevented them completing the tasks) helped elicit further information relevant to assisted living technology design. The probe materials were particularly helpful when having conversations with non-English speaking participants through an interpreter.ConclusionsCultural probe methods can help build a rich picture of the lives and experiences of older people to facilitate the co-production of assisted living technologies. But their application may be constrained by the participant{\textquoteright}s physical, mental and emotional capacity. They are most effective when used as a tool to facilitate communication and development of a deeper understanding of older people{\textquoteright}s needs.",
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TY - JOUR

T1 - Designing assisted living technologies ‘in the wild’

T2 - preliminary experiences with cultural probe methodology

AU - Wherton, Joe

AU - Sugarhood, Paul

AU - Procter, Rob

AU - Rouncefield, Mark

AU - Dewsbury, Guy

AU - Greenhalgh, Trish

AU - Hinder, Sue

N1 - © 2012 Wherton et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

PY - 2012/12/20

Y1 - 2012/12/20

N2 - BackgroundThere is growing interest in assisted living technologies to support independence at home. Such technologies should ideally be designed ‘in the wild’ i.e. taking account of how real people live in real homes and communities. The ATHENE (Assistive Technologies for Healthy Living in Elders: Needs Assessment by Ethnography) project seeks to illuminate the living needs of older people and facilitate the co-production with older people of technologies and services. This paper describes the development of a cultural probe tool produced as part of the ATHENE project and how it was used to support home visit interviews with elders with a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, family circumstances, health conditions and assisted living needs.MethodThirty one people aged 60 to 98 were visited in their homes on three occasions. Following an initial interview, participants were given a set of cultural probe materials, including a digital camera and the ‘Home and Life Scrapbook’ to complete in their own time for one week. Activities within the Home and Life Scrapbook included maps (indicating their relationships to people, places and objects), lists (e.g. likes, dislikes, things they were concerned about, things they were comfortable with), wishes (things they wanted to change or improve), body outline (indicating symptoms or impairments), home plan (room layouts of their homes to indicate spaces and objects used) and a diary. After one week, the researcher and participant reviewed any digital photos taken and the content of the Home and Life Scrapbook as part of the home visit interview.FindingsThe cultural probe facilitated collection of visual, narrative and material data by older people, and appeared to generate high levels of engagement from some participants. However, others used the probe minimally or not at all for various reasons including limited literacy, physical problems (e.g. holding a pen), lack of time or energy, limited emotional or psychological resources, life events, and acute illness. Discussions between researchers and participants about the materials collected (and sometimes about what had prevented them completing the tasks) helped elicit further information relevant to assisted living technology design. The probe materials were particularly helpful when having conversations with non-English speaking participants through an interpreter.ConclusionsCultural probe methods can help build a rich picture of the lives and experiences of older people to facilitate the co-production of assisted living technologies. But their application may be constrained by the participant’s physical, mental and emotional capacity. They are most effective when used as a tool to facilitate communication and development of a deeper understanding of older people’s needs.

AB - BackgroundThere is growing interest in assisted living technologies to support independence at home. Such technologies should ideally be designed ‘in the wild’ i.e. taking account of how real people live in real homes and communities. The ATHENE (Assistive Technologies for Healthy Living in Elders: Needs Assessment by Ethnography) project seeks to illuminate the living needs of older people and facilitate the co-production with older people of technologies and services. This paper describes the development of a cultural probe tool produced as part of the ATHENE project and how it was used to support home visit interviews with elders with a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, family circumstances, health conditions and assisted living needs.MethodThirty one people aged 60 to 98 were visited in their homes on three occasions. Following an initial interview, participants were given a set of cultural probe materials, including a digital camera and the ‘Home and Life Scrapbook’ to complete in their own time for one week. Activities within the Home and Life Scrapbook included maps (indicating their relationships to people, places and objects), lists (e.g. likes, dislikes, things they were concerned about, things they were comfortable with), wishes (things they wanted to change or improve), body outline (indicating symptoms or impairments), home plan (room layouts of their homes to indicate spaces and objects used) and a diary. After one week, the researcher and participant reviewed any digital photos taken and the content of the Home and Life Scrapbook as part of the home visit interview.FindingsThe cultural probe facilitated collection of visual, narrative and material data by older people, and appeared to generate high levels of engagement from some participants. However, others used the probe minimally or not at all for various reasons including limited literacy, physical problems (e.g. holding a pen), lack of time or energy, limited emotional or psychological resources, life events, and acute illness. Discussions between researchers and participants about the materials collected (and sometimes about what had prevented them completing the tasks) helped elicit further information relevant to assisted living technology design. The probe materials were particularly helpful when having conversations with non-English speaking participants through an interpreter.ConclusionsCultural probe methods can help build a rich picture of the lives and experiences of older people to facilitate the co-production of assisted living technologies. But their application may be constrained by the participant’s physical, mental and emotional capacity. They are most effective when used as a tool to facilitate communication and development of a deeper understanding of older people’s needs.

KW - Qualitative research

KW - Cultural probes

KW - Assistive technology

KW - Ethnography

U2 - 10.1186/1471-2288-12-188

DO - 10.1186/1471-2288-12-188

M3 - Journal article

VL - 12

JO - BMC Medical Research Methodology

JF - BMC Medical Research Methodology

SN - 1471-2288

M1 - 188

ER -