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Designing ICTs for Users with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Usability Study

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Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), ISCIII CB06/03/0052 Instituto Salud Carlos III, 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Basic Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 5153; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145153
Received: 14 June 2020 / Revised: 7 July 2020 / Accepted: 14 July 2020 / Published: 17 July 2020
Background: Research has supported the cost-effectiveness of cognitive training tools enhanced by information and communication technologies (ICT) in several populations, including individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and age-related cognitive decline. The implementation of ICTs in this population, however, is sometimes challenging to their cognitive and age characteristics. Ultimately, this might compromise the effectiveness of ICT-enhanced therapies in this population. The aim of this study is to test the usability and acceptability of a European project prototype for elderly care, in an attempt to explore the ICT design needs of users with MCI. Methods: Participants were 28 individuals aged 58–95 years and with a diagnosis of MCI. Results: The results showed a low perception of peripheral elements and the need to place main interaction elements in the centre of the screen. The correlation between the general level of autonomy (daily life activities) and the ICT autonomy level was significant and positive. The speed of audio help had a significant impact on performance. Conclusion: The present work contributes to the literature on ICT usability needs of users with MCI. Some usability recommendations for designing interfaces for this type of user are provided in the text. View Full-Text
Keywords: usability; speech interfaces; cognitive impairment; ICT; elderly; cognitive decline usability; speech interfaces; cognitive impairment; ICT; elderly; cognitive decline
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Castilla, D.; Suso-Ribera, C.; Zaragoza, I.; Garcia-Palacios, A.; Botella, C. Designing ICTs for Users with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Usability Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145153

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Castilla D, Suso-Ribera C, Zaragoza I, Garcia-Palacios A, Botella C. Designing ICTs for Users with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Usability Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(14):5153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145153

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Castilla, Diana; Suso-Ribera, Carlos; Zaragoza, Irene; Garcia-Palacios, Azucena; Botella, Cristina. 2020. "Designing ICTs for Users with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Usability Study" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 14: 5153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145153

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