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ConCap: Designing to Empower Individual Reflection on Chronic Conditions using Mobile Apps

Owen, T., Pearson, J., Thimbleby, H. W. & Buchanan, G. (2015). ConCap: Designing to Empower Individual Reflection on Chronic Conditions using Mobile Apps. In: MobileHCI '15 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. MobileHCI 2015, 24-08-2015 - 27-08-2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.


The world is faced with a growing number of people who live with chronic medical conditions. There have been numerous digital interventions into personal management of these diseases in recent years, yet gaps remain in the HCI literature. In particular, we lack a systematic understanding of user requirements in tools that support independent management while away from external influences. This paper presents a first investigation into low-intervention support for self-management. A mobile application enabled individuals to capture contextual information related to their health in the form of photographs. Through a month-long user study, we identify four management trends amongst our participants and describe their influence on mobile application adoption.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Buchanan, G | ACM 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is available at
Publisher Keywords: Health care; chronic disease management; ubiquitous computing; deployment studies; diabetes
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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