Involvement of older people in the development of fall detection systems: a scoping review

Thilo, Friederike J.S.; Hurlimann, Barbara; Hahn, Sabine; Bilger, Selina; Schols, Jos MGA; Halfens, Ruud J.G. (2016). Involvement of older people in the development of fall detection systems: a scoping review BMC Geriatrics, 16(1), pp. 42-50. BioMed Central 10.1186/s12877-016-0216-3

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Background The involvement of users is recommended in the development of health related technologies, in order to address their needs and preferences and to improve the daily usage of these technologies. The objective of this literature review was to identify the nature and extent of research involving older people in the development of fall detection systems. Methods A scoping review according to the framework of Arksey and O’Malley was carried out. A key term search was employed in eight relevant databases. Included articles were summarized using a predetermined charting form and subsequently thematically analysed. Results A total of 53 articles was included. In 49 of the 53 articles, older people were involved in the design and/or testing stages, and in 4 of 53 articles, they were involved in the conceptual or market deployment stages. In 38 of the 53 articles, the main focus of the involvement of older people was technical aspects. In 15 of the 53 articles, the perspectives of the elderly related to the fall detection system under development were determined using focus groups, single interviews or questionnaires. Conclusions Until presently, involvement of older people in the development of fall detection systems has focused mainly on technical aspects. Little attention has been given to the specific needs and views of older people in the context of fall detection system development and usage.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions

Name:

Thilo, Friederike J.S.;
Hurlimann, Barbara;
Hahn, Sabine0000-0002-2697-2014;
Bilger, Selina;
Schols, Jos MGA and
Halfens, Ruud J.G.

ISSN:

1471-2318

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

01 Nov 2019 10:57

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/s12877-016-0216-3

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.5723

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/5723

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