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Accounting for User Diversity in the Acceptance of Medical Assistive Technologies

  • Sylvia Kowalewski
  • Wiktoria Wilkowska
  • Martina Ziefle
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 69)

Abstract

This paper describes two studies focusing on acceptance of medical technologies from different points of view – in general and in particular. Acceptance of medical assistive technologies was analyzed considering influences of user diversity factors. The first study explored how people perceive the aging process itself and showed how this perception is associated with general aspects of acceptance of medical technology in terms of usability. The second study was conducted to analyze acceptance of a specific technology – a smart robot – revealing that the acceptance of a concrete medical device is more specific and that especially age and gender form its underlying structures.

Keywords

aging concepts user diversity usefulness medical technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvia Kowalewski
    • 1
  • Wiktoria Wilkowska
    • 1
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Technology Centre, Communication ScienceRWTH AachenAachenGermany

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