Cueing swallowing in Parkinson's disease

Roisin McNaney, Stephen Lindsay, Karim Ladha, Cassim Ladha, Guy Schofield, Thomas Plötz, Nils Hammerla, Daniel Jackson, Richard Walker, Nick Miller, Patrick Olivier

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We present the development of a socially acceptable cueing device for drooling in Parkinson's disease (PD). Sialorrhea, or drooling, is a significant problem associated with PD and has a strong negative emotional impact on those who experience it. Previous studies have shown the potential for managing drooling by using a cueing device. However, the devices used in these studies were deemed unacceptable by their users due to factors such as hearing impairment and social embarrassment. We conducted exploratory scoping work and high fidelity iterative prototyping with people with PD to get their input on the design of a cueing aid and this has given us an insight into challenges that confront users with PD and limit device usability and acceptability. The key finding from working with people with PD was the need for the device to be socially acceptable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011
Conference number: 29th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011
Abbreviated titleCHI 2011


  • Drooling
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Participatory design
  • Swallowing

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