Waiting for learning: Designing interactive educational materials for patient waiting areas

Zeina Atrash Leong, Michael S. Horn

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7 Scopus citations

Abstract

We describe the research and design of educational media for children in doctor's office waiting areas. Even though technology use for medical purposes has become increasingly prominent for doctors, administration, and patients, research on the use of interactive technology for health education is limited. In this project, we focus on clinics for Sickle Cell Disease treatment. These clinics treat patients of various ages and disease severity, but all patients make frequent, recurring visits for treatments and checkups. We describe our current research to better understand the behaviors and activities of patients as they wait in the clinic, their expectations and understandings of Sickle Cell Disease and its treatment, the educational material currently available, and our preliminary methods for developing interactive technologies for these environments. This reseach includes observations in pediatric clinic waiting areas, interviews with clinic staff, and preliminary user testing with our interactive designs. This paper details our observations of waiting areas in two sickle cell clinics. We discuss our findings and their implications for design. We also describe the design of an augmented reality tablet application that we placed in the waiting area for user testing. We use this study to discuss further design iterations and directions for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIDC 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interaction Design and Children
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages145-153
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781450322720
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event13th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2014 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Jun 17 2014Jun 20 2014

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other13th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2014
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period6/17/146/20/14

Keywords

  • Children
  • Design
  • Education
  • Health
  • Interactive media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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