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How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception

Stawarz, KM; Cox, AL; (2013) How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Habits in Human-Computer Interaction at BCS-HCI 2013. CHI+MED: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Non-adherence to oral contraception regimens can have serious consequences: oral contraception misuse or discontinuation is often caused by forgetfulness, and results in over 1 million unwanted pregnancies in the US each year. Due to its simplicity and habitual nature, taking the Pill can be easily incorporated into a daily routine. However, technology-based interventions aimed at improving adherence only focus on just-in-time reminders and taking the Pill at a specified time; the routine aspect of the task is neglected. We argue that technology that facilitates the creation of sustainable habits and supports women when their routine changes could reduce forgetfulness and would be more effective at reducing non-adherence than existing reminder-based solutions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: How technology supporting daily habits could help women remember oral contraception
Event: Workshop on Habits in Human-Computer Interaction at BCS-HCI 2013
Location: Uxbridge
Dates: 2013-09-09 - 2013-09-09
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.chi-med.ac.uk/publicdocs/WP197.pdf
Language: English
Keywords: Habits, Forgetfulness, Oral contraception
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1412164
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