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Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps

Katz, D; Dalton, N; Holland, S; O'Kane, AA; Price, BA; (2016) Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps. In: Proceedings of the EAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare. European Alliance for Innovation (EAI): Budapest, Hungary. Green open access

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Abstract

Hundreds of diabetes self-management apps are available for smart phones, typically using a diary or logging methodology. This paper investigates how well such approaches help participants to make sense of collected data. We found that, while such systems typically support data and trend review, they are ill suited to helping users understand complex correlations in the data. The cognitively demanding user interfaces (UI’s) of these apps are poorly adapted both to the restricted real estate of smartphone displays and to the daily needs of users. Many participants expressed the desire for intelligent, personalized and contextually aware near-term advice. By contrast, users did not see tools for reflection on prior data and behavior, seen as indispensable by many researchers, as a priority. We argue that while designers of future mobile health (mHealth) systems need to take advantage of automation through connected sensors, and the increasing subtlety of intelligent processing, it is also necessary to evolve current graphs and dashboards UI paradigms to assist users in longterm self-management health practices.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps
Event: EAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://healthwearconference.org/2016/show/home
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: User interface (UI), diabetes apps, mHealth
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1492903
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