Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 2299–2312 | Cite as

Body-Worn Sensor Design: What Do Patients and Clinicians Want?

  • J. H. M. Bergmann
  • A. H. McGregor


User preferences need to be taken into account in order to be able to design devices that will gain acceptance both in a clinical and home setting. Sensor systems become redundant if patients or clinicians do not want to work with them. The aim of this systematic review was to determine both patients’ and clinicians’ preferences for non-invasive body-worn sensor systems. A search for relevant articles and conference proceedings was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Current Contents Connect, and EEEI explore. In total 843 papers were identified of which only 11 studies were deemed suitable for inclusion. A range of different clinically relevant user groups were included. The key user preferences were that a body-worn sensor system should be compact, embedded and simple to operate and maintain. It also should not affect daily behavior nor seek to directly replace a health care professional. It became apparent that despite the importance of user preferences, they are rarely considered and as such there is a lack of high-quality studies in this area. We therefore would like to encourage researchers to focus on the implications of user preferences when designing wearable sensor systems.


Wearable sensors User preferences Medical devices User-centered design MEMS Biosensors 



We would like to thank the authors who provided the manuscripts we could not obtain through our network. This work was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the EPSRC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis Centre of Excellence, Charing Cross HospitalImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Human Performance Group, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Charing Cross HospitalImperial College LondonLondonUK

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