Full citation

Mokhari, M. & Feki, M.A. (2007). User Needs and Usage Analysis in a Smart Environment for People Requiring Assistance. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 23(1), 52-59.

Format: Peer-reviewed article

Type: Research — Non-experimental

Experience level of reader: Fundamental

Annotation: Study explores the importance of securing and integrating user functional needs and user operating requirements in the design of technology-based interventions. This study uses the creation of assistive technology to benefit persons with disabilities, as the case example.

Setting(s) to which the reported activities/findings are relevant: Small business (less than 500 employees), University

Knowledge user(s) to whom the piece of literature may be relevant: Manufacturers, Researchers

Knowledge user level addressed by the literature: Individual

This article uses the Commercial Devices and Services version of the NtK Model

Primary Findings

Method: From a design perspective, a user-centered approach is necessary to ensure that a concept [for a device or service] will be useful and indeed used. However to deployed in a real environment, it is also essential that the solution can be used by everyone, including family members their carers, and doctors. Ideally, the solution should be useful to all people.
Survey and device trials involving persons with physical and/or cognitive impairments.
Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 2.3, Step 4.11, Step 2.2, Step 1.1