FARSEEING publish preliminary guidelines for design and implementation of technologies

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These guidelines present easily accessible (non-technical) recommendations, aimed at scientists, clinicians, technologists, manufacturers etc., which outline the principles for making ICT technologies acceptable to older adults.

The preliminary guidelines, developed as part of work package 2 (WP2), are drawn from the FARSEEING systematic review of older adults’ perceptions of technologies aimed at falls prevention, detection or monitoring; the outcomes of stakeholder consultations; the usability testing in work package five (WP5) of three off-the-shelf exergames; and the usability testing of the smart home and smart home technologies being developed as part of work package seven (WP7). As such, the recommendations presented here are developed from best evidence reviews to create guidance on designing and implementing ICT technologies in the area of fall prevention and promotion of independent living amongst older people.

The general principles underlying the recommendations are that technologies must be easy to use and person- or user-centred, enabling users to maintain the highest possible quality of life. They fall under three overarching headings: usability and design issues; personal motivations; and promoting new interventions to populations and stakeholders. Under each heading, there are a number of recommendations for action. For each recommendation, evidence from one or more of the four FARSEEING studies is provided.

Click here to download the guidelines: Preliminary Guidelines V1.0 Public

Further guidance, produced towards the end of the FARSEEING project in March 2015, will reflect user consultation undertaken during WP7’s complex intervention and further consultation with stakeholders across Europe.

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