Involving People with Cognitive and Communication Impairments in Mobile Health App Design

John Arnott, Matthew Malone, Gareth Lloyd, Bernadette Brophy-Arnott, Susan D. Munro, Robyn McNaughton

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Multiple challenges face people with cognitive and communication impairments when asked to be involved in the design of technology that is appropriate for them. This population is under-represented in healthcare research and have health inequalities relative to most people. The work discussed here concerns how to adapt research processes to suit people with these difficulties when developing smartphone apps to give access to health promotion information, an area in which health inequalities arise. Strategies are identified to assist participants to understand the proposed area of work, to give consent to participation and be involved with activities such as evaluation. A combination of adaptations is proposed to engage people who would otherwise be excluded. It is clear that strategies used to make research participation accessible can assist people with cognitive and communication impairments to influence and inform the development of technology for their use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356503
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2018
EventACM ASSETS 2018 Conference - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 22 Oct 201824 Oct 2018


ConferenceACM ASSETS 2018 Conference
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  • Cognitive impairment
  • Communication impairment
  • Health promotion
  • Mobile app design
  • Research participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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