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Iteration, Iteration, Iteration: How Restructuring Data Can Reveal Complex Relationships Between Chronic Illnesses and the Apps Intended to Support Them

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Publication date9/07/2023
Host publicationHCI International 2023 Posters - 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2023, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona, Stavroula Ntoa, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (electronic)9783031359989
ISBN (print)9783031359972
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1834 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (electronic)1865-0937


This study intended to gain a broad understanding of how commercial apps may support people with chronic illness management, through the restructuring of data for analysis. The study formed an initial part of a larger PhD project looking into symptom tracking for people with chronic illnesses.

The study included apps designed for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and Anxiety conditions (aggregated and including Bi-Polar Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder) to give an overview of how apps might engage with different types of chronic illness, all of which feature fatigue as a main symptom.

In this paper, we report on the process of creating and using an iterative process to rearrange the data collected in order to reveal more complex relationships between the chronic illnesses and the apps intended to support them.