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User Needs in the Performance of Prescribed Home Exercise Therapy

Chandra, H. C. ; Oakley, I. O. ; Silva, H.

User Needs in the Performance of Prescribed Home Exercise Therapy, Proc ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI, Austin, United States, Vol. , pp. 2369 - 2374, May, 2012.

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Musculoskeletal disorders are a globally significant health problem affecting millions. Physiotherapy, including prescribed exercises performed independently by patients in their homes, is a key treatment for many sufferers. However, many fail to complete home exercises, prolonging recovery periods or accelerating decline. Pervasive health technologies, capable of monitoring users in their homes, are ideally suited to address this problem. This paper describes user research with a group of three physiotherapists and eleven current physiotherapy patients to understand the problems and user needs underlying non-compliance with home exercise regimes. The user research adopted a speed dating approach and culminated with recommendations relating to the design of feedback, scheduling systems and privacy.