Improving Therapeutic Exercise Devices for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Research Method Combining Cultural Probes and Persuasive Design Theory

Tom Ainsworth
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, Brighton, England

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Ingår i: Persuasive Technology: Design for Health and Safety; The 7th International Conference on Persuasive Technology; PERSUASIVE 2012; Linköping; Sweden; June 6-8; Adjunct Proceedings

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 68:1, s. 1-4

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Publicerad: 2012-06-06


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


Persuasive Design engages a number of theories and strategies for influencing people towards desired target behaviors. To ensure the effectiveness of these strategies; detailed contextual information about the user group is required to guide and appropriate persuasive design theory to specific applications. This paper presents an innovative application of the photographic ‘cultural probe’ and ‘photo-elicitation’ research methods - used as part of a research study which aims to improve therapeutic exercise devices for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).


Persuasive Design; Technology; Design for health; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Qualitative Research; Photo-elicitation; Successful Aging


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