Acceptance of eHealth technology in home environments : advanced studies on user diversity in ambient assisted living

Wilkowska, Wiktoria; Ziefle, Martina (Thesis advisor); Jakobs, Eva-Maria (Thesis advisor)

1. Aufl.. - Aachen : Apprimus-Verl. (2015)
Book, Dissertation / PhD Thesis

In: Dissertationen / HCI Center der RWTH Aachen 4
Page(s)/Article-Nr.: XIV, 276 S. : Ill., graph. Darst.

Zugl.: Aachen, Techn. Hochsch., Diss., 2015


Acceptance of eHealth Technology in Home Environments: AdvancedStudies on User Diversity in Ambient Assisted LivingThe present work focuses on a psychological perspective of technologyacceptance, considering the users of electronic Health technology(eHealth) in their home environments. The aim is to explore and identifyfactors that influence a successful interaction and adoption of such medicalassistance technology that is meant to support people in an activeand healthy aging. A particular attention is directed to the aspectof user diversity. To realize the objectives, a user-centered researchapproach was applied in an interdisciplinary environment. In this way,the exploration of how to design and adapt ambient systems to theindividual concepts and needs could be optimized. Using qualitativeand quantitative methods, the potential users’ motives and barriers forusing eHealth in domestic settings were revealed. This work providesa rich depiction of their specific requirements and demonstrates whichindividual aspects must be considered to reach a high acceptance andan optimal commercial launch.