Don't forget your pill! Designing effective medication reminder apps that support users' daily routines

Katarzyna Stawarz, Anna L. Cox, Ann Blandford

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Abstract

Despite the fact that a third of all cases of unintentional medication non-adherence are caused by simple forgetfulness, the majority of interventions neglect this issue. Even though patients have access to smartphone applications ("apps") designed to help them remember medication, neither their quality nor effectiveness has been evaluated yet. We report the findings of a functionality review of 229 medication reminder apps and a thematic analysis of their 1,012 user reviews. Our research highlights the gap between the theory and practice: While the literature shows that many medication regimens are habitual in nature and the presence of daily routines supports remembering, existing apps rely on timer-based reminders. To address this disparity, we present design requirements for building medication reminders that support the routine aspect of medication-taking and its individual nature, and demonstrate how they could be implemented to move from passive alerts to a smarter memory and routine assistant.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages2269-2278
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event32nd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
Conference number: 32
http://chi2014.acm.org/

Conference

Conference32nd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14
OtherThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI 2014 is a celebration of the conference's one of a kind diversity; from the broad range of backgrounds of its attendees, to the diverse spectrum of communities and fields which the conference and its research have an impact on. CHI 2014 will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, a city itself known for its one of a kind cultural diversity.
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Structured keywords

  • Digital Health

Keywords

  • Forgetfulness
  • Habits
  • Medication reminders
  • Routines
  • Smartphone apps

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