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Design for healthy living: mobility and the disruption of daily healthcare routines

 

This paper reports on how people express health concerns as they move around their homes and travel between their homes and workplaces, stores, gyms, restaurants, friends' homes, hotels and other locations. We gathered stories from focus groups and in-home interviews with people with a broad range of health needs, and from these discussions, support for mobility emerged as a key issue for making health maintenance routines easy and resilient in the face of disruptions. The things people carry with them and access at strategic places help them maintain their health routines in the face of stressful and unforeseen situations.

 
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Elliott, A. ; Dalal, B. Design for healthy living: mobility and the disruption of daily healthcare routines. EPIC 2006: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry; 2006 September 24-26; Portland; OR; USA.