Are home use medical devices easy to use?

Selami Cifter Abdusselam, Hua Dong, Julie Barnett, Sheng Feng Qin

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Many complicated procedures, which were previously carried out in clinical facilities by medical professionals, are today carried out by lay people in their homes. Users of home use medical devices tend to be people who have deteriorating capabilities. This paper investigates home use medical devices with a focus on their usability to meet the needs and expectations of different types of users. An observational study was conducted which involved thirty people from three different user groups (i.e. 10 younger people, 10 older people and 10 people with learning disabilities) who were observed during their interaction with a blood pressure monitor. In total 80% of all the participants failed to use the device correctly, which has serious implications for the design of such products.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors
EditorsM. Anderson
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780415675734
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
EventInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011 - Lincolnshire, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20111 Apr 2011


ConferenceInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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