Title: Key factors in the engineering process for systems for aging in place contributing to low usability and success
Language: English
Authors: Haslwanter, Jean D. Hallewell 
Fitzpatrick, Geraldine 
Miesenberger, Klaus 
Category: Review Article
Keywords: AAL; Older people; Qualitative study; Software development; Human–computer interaction; Aging in place
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Journal of Enabling Technologies

Digital systems for independent aging, support and care are not being adopted as hoped. The purpose of this paper is to examine the results of three studies to derive key factors during the development and engineering process of care and support systems for older people that can impact acceptance and uptake to provide support to future projects.


The paper analyzed the results of three qualitative studies, including two detailed case studies and a further study with 35 participants, to derive key factors. Methods for deriving factors are based on thematic analysis to identify common factors across cases and participants.


The findings point to a broad set of interconnected factors that give developers of these types of systems specific recommendations. These highlight what makes these projects complex and identify implications for the development process. Furthermore, they show way the needed user-centered and iterative methods may be in conflict with funding processes.


While others have reported on single projects or looked at acceptance, these studies were the first to explore aspects of the development process that may contribute to the lack of success to date of these types of systems. The results here support more successful outcomes in the future, both by helping people involved in the development of these systems to avoid some of the issues others face and providing input to improve the performance of the engineering process.
DOI: 10.1108/JET-12-2017-0053
Library ID: AC15560094
URN: urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:3-8325
ISSN: 2398-6263
Organisation: E193 - Institut für Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology 
Publication Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Article

Files in this item:

Show full item record

Page view(s)

checked on Apr 17, 2021


checked on Apr 17, 2021

Google ScholarTM


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons