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Designing for Health Behavior Change: HCI Research Alone Is Not Enough

Stawarz, KM; Cox, AL; (2015) Designing for Health Behavior Change: HCI Research Alone Is Not Enough. Presented at: CHI 2015 Workshop: Crossing HCI and Health: Advancing Health and Wellness Technology Research in Home and Community Settings, Seoul, South Korea. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent advances in technology and the proliferation of smartphones have made managing one’s health behaviour easier. As a field, HCI is in a position to drive the development of these new health and wellbeing technologies, and to ensure the solutions available to users are usable, meet their needs and help them change their behaviour for the better. However, HCI research tends to focus on usability and user engagement, and often does not consider the efficacy or long-term effects. Despite recent research arguing that evaluation of efficacy is beyond the scope of HCI, in this paper we debate this point and argue the importance of designing for efficacy of health and wellness technologies. We contend that moving beyond HCI literature and drawing from other fields can help us keep efficacy in mind and design personal health and wellbeing technologies that meet users’ needs and help them effectively change their behaviour.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Designing for Health Behavior Change: HCI Research Alone Is Not Enough
Event: CHI 2015 Workshop: Crossing HCI and Health: Advancing Health and Wellness Technology Research in Home and Community Settings
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Dates: 18 April 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://usabilitypanda.com/publications/StawarzCox2...
Language: English
Keywords: Health and wellbeing, Smartphone apps, Behaviour change, Multidisciplinary research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468255
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