Focus group evaluation of scenarios for fall risk assessment and fall prevention in two countries

Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Carlos García Gordillo, Tuula Petäkoski-Hult, Patrik Eklund

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    Information and communication technologies (ICT) provide means for developing new tools for preventing falls. To enhance adherence to fall prevention interventions, end users need to be engaged from the early phases of the development process. This paper reports the focus group evaluation of five scenarios related to fall risk assessment and fall prevention. There were four focus groups with older adults in both Finland and Spain; 58 participants in all. The most interesting features for the interviewees were usage of intelligent gym equipment, the possibility of peer support and multi-factorial fall risk assessment. The scenario with intelligent gym equipment rose above the others among Finnish participants, while the scenarios were ranked more evenly by Spanish correspondents. The analysis showed that a personal history of falls and a connection to current habits and routines affected the reception of the proposed solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmbient Assisted Living and Active Aging
    Subtitle of host publication5th International Work-Conference, IWAAL 2013
    EditorsChristopher Nugent, Antonio Coronato, José Bravo
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-03092-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-03091-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event5th International Work-Conference, IWAAL 2013 - Carrillo, Costa Rica
    Duration: 2 Dec 20136 Dec 2013

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


    Conference5th International Work-Conference, IWAAL 2013
    Abbreviated titleIWAAL 2013
    Country/TerritoryCosta Rica


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