Exploring everyday health routines of a low socioeconomic population through multimedia elicitations

Danish U. Khan, Swamy Ananthanarayan, Katie A. Siek

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Low socioeconomic status (SES) populations are prone to acquiring chronic diseases. Among the major causes are individuals’ everyday health-related decisions that affect their long-term health. Many technological interventions exist to help with monitoring health, however they are not designed with low SES populations in mind. This paper presents the last of a three-part needs assessment study to develop guidelines for designing health intervention technologies for underserved populations. To this end, the authors conducted a multimedia-elicitation interview (MEI) study where participants captured pictures and videos of their everyday health routines. Sociotechnical interventions were found to be most beneficial if they assisted people with their dietary intake periodically throughout the week. Finally, the authors identify opportunities for MEI use by the participatory medicine community and potential sociotechnological interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere39
JournalJournal of Participatory Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

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