Participant recruitment

24th Jun 2014

What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to identify user requirements for appropriate and desirable  healthcare technologies. There is a lot of interest in how technology can support current healthcare systems, but for any healthcare technology to be successful it must be relevant to people's lifestyles and aspirations. We are therefore interested in people's real life experiences with technology, as well as healthcare and wellbeing. This information will help to inform the design of healthcare technologies that people actually want to own and use. This study is part of a larger project called SPHERE, which aims to develop a smart home system using non-medical/environmental sensors to impact healthcare and wellbeing needs.

Who can take part?
Anyone who is willing to participate and who is able to give informed consent. We would like to recruit up to 20 households in and around Bristol. We are interested in hearing views from all kinds of people, with a range of experiences, needs and interests. Understanding different perspectives will help to inform a system that is usable, but also desirable to as many people as reasonably possible and in various contexts.

What is involved?
If you agree to take part in the study, we will arrange with you a suitable time to visit you at home. This will be an opportunity to discuss any questions you have about the study and, if you are happy to proceed, you (and anyone who lives with you and who would like to participate) will be asked to sign a consent form. The study will consist of at least three scheduled home visits to talk about your home, technology and health - these will be quite flexible and informal. You will be asked to show the researcher (Alison Burrows) round your home and talk about the technology present in each room. You will also be given a kit containing various elements to help you record information when the researcher is not there.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact:

Alison Burrows
Research Assistant in User-Centred Design


Mobile: 07 594 703 652


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