Fictional Narratives for Clinical App Development

Tanja Svarre
Aalborg University, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg, Denmark

Tine Bieber Kirkegaard Lunn
University College of Northern Denmark, Department of Occupational Therapy, Aalborg, Denmark

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Ingår i: Proceedings from The 15th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2017 Kristiansand, Norway, August 29–30, 2017

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 145:11, s. 66-71

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Publicerad: 2018-01-04

ISBN: 978-91-7685-364-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper presents the use of fictional narratives in participatory design for health information technology (HIT). We used the case of an established occupational therapy assessment tool to investigate how fictional narratives can aid de-sign workshops and their outcomes in the health domain by means of participatory principles. The methodological findings show how a fictional narrative can be adopted in a di-verse manner across design workshops by practitioners and participants with a research background. Also, the importance of tailoring fictional narratives towards specific participants in the design process is emphasised.


Fictional narratives, participatory design, health information technology, occupational therapy


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