In situ design for mental illness: Considering the pathology of bipolar disorder in mhealth design

Mark Matthews, Stephen Voida, Saeed Abdullah, Gavin Doherty, Tanzeem Choudhury, Sangha Im, Geri Gay

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that atypical cognitive, perceptual and behavioral characteristics associated with serious mental illnesses should be taken into consideration when designing health technologies. While applications have been developed to assist in the treatment of these illnesses, the specific psychological characteristics of these disorders have rarely been considered extensively in the design process. Here, we explore how an understanding of the lowlevel characteristics of bipolar disorder, combined with a clinically-validated treatment and patients' lived experience, can inform mHealth design. We present a novel method - in situ design - To support ecologically valid design, and demonstrate its use through the co-development with 9 individuals with bipolar disorder of MoodRhythm, a mobile application designed to track and stabilize daily routines. We provide evidence that mHealth design elements tailored to the characteristics and needs of individuals with bipolar disorder can result in engaging interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages86-97
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336529
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 2015
Event17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Aug 24 2015Aug 27 2015

Other

Other17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period8/24/158/27/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Matthews, M., Voida, S., Abdullah, S., Doherty, G., Choudhury, T., Im, S., & Gay, G. (2015). In situ design for mental illness: Considering the pathology of bipolar disorder in mhealth design. In MobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (pp. 86-97). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2785830.2785866