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PMD: Designing a Portable Medicine Dispenser for Persons Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Roel de Beer
  • Roy Keijers
  • Suleman Shahid
  • Abdullah Al Mahmud
  • Omar Mubin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)

Abstract

In this paper we present the user-centred design of a medicine dispenser for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The prototype was evaluated in two phases with two caregivers and two Alzheimer’s patients. Caregivers evaluated the device positively. The Alzheimer’s patients faced usability problems while completing tasks due to the virtual interaction medium of the medicine dispenser. However, patients and caregivers found the concept useful for medication intake.

Keywords

User-centred design prototype alzheimer’s disease memory impairment older adults medicine dispenser 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roel de Beer
    • 1
  • Roy Keijers
    • 1
  • Suleman Shahid
    • 1
  • Abdullah Al Mahmud
    • 2
  • Omar Mubin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication SciencesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Industrial DesignEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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