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Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 389–397 | Cite as

Supporting the strategies to improve elders’ medication compliance by providing ambient aids

  • Juan Pablo García-Vázquez
  • Marcela D. Rodríguez
  • Ángel G. Andrade
  • José Bravo
Original Article

Abstract

In this paper, we present Ambient Information Systems (AIS) that support strategies relevant to enable elders to effectively manage their medication, such as: remind (Remind-Me AIS), guide (GUIDE-Me AIS), and motivate (CARE-Me AIS) them to medicate. We have informed the AIS design through a case study we carried out to understand elders’ deficiencies for adhering to their medication routine. As a result of the case study and the AIS design process; we identified the design issues that should be addressed when developing AIS that cope with the elders needs for living independently. Identifying these design issues is a step toward proposing design guidelines for the development of AIS for elderly. Through a heuristic evaluation, we identified several usability problems that enabled us to improve AIS characteristics, such as the intuitive mapping of the information representations and the visibility of the different AIS states.

Keywords

Heuristic evaluation Smart environments Information interfaces and presentation Ubiquitous computing 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank to professors and students who participated in the heuristic evaluation; and to CONACyT for the scholarship granted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Pablo García-Vázquez
    • 1
  • Marcela D. Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Ángel G. Andrade
    • 1
  • José Bravo
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Engineering, MyDCIAutonomous University of Baja CaliforniaMexicaliMéxico
  2. 2.MAmI Research LabCastilla-La Mancha UniversityCiudad RealSpain

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