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Designing assistive technologies for medication regimes in care settings

  • K. Cheverst
  • K. Clarke
  • G. Dewsbury
  • T. Hemmings
  • S. Kember
  • T. Rodden
  • M. Rouncefield
Special issue on countering design exclusion


This paper presents some early design work of the Care in the Digital Community research project begun under the EPSRC IRC Network project Equator. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of user requirements in care settings poses interesting methodological challenges. This paper details some methodological options for working in the domestic domain and documents the translation of research into design recommendations. We report on the importance of medication issues in a hostel for former psychiatric patients and present an early prototype of a medication manager designed to be sensitive to the particular requirements of the setting.


Assistive technology Universal design Ubiquitous computing Ethnography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Cheverst
    • 1
  • K. Clarke
    • 1
  • G. Dewsbury
    • 1
  • T. Hemmings
    • 2
  • S. Kember
    • 1
  • T. Rodden
    • 2
  • M. Rouncefield
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ComputingLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.The School of Computer Science and ITThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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