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A Study Protocol for Applying User Participation and Co-Learning: Lessons Learned from the eBalance-Project
School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University.
Department of Information Technologies, Division of Systems and Control, Uppsala University.
School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University.
School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University.
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2017 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 14, no 5, E512Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The eBalance project is based on the idea that serious exergames-i.e., computer gaming systems with an interface that requires physical exertion to play-that are well adapted to users, can become a substantial part of a solution to recognized problems of insufficient engagement in fall-prevention exercise and the high levels of fall-related injuries among older people. This project is carried out as a collaboration between eight older people who have an interest in balance training and met the inclusion criteria of independence in personal activities of daily living, access to and basic knowledge of a computer, four staff working with the rehabilitation of older adults, and an interdisciplinary group of six research coordinators covering the areas of geriatric care and rehabilitation, as well as information technology and computer science. This paper describes the study protocol of the project's initial phase which aims to develop a working partnership with potential users of fall-prevention exergames, including its conceptual underpinnings. The qualitative methodology was inspired by an ethnographical approach implying combining methods that allowed the design to evolve through the study based on the participants' reflections. A participatory and appreciative action and reflection (PAAR) approach, accompanied by inquiries inspired by the Normalization Process Theory (NPT) was used in interactive workshops, including exergame testing, and between workshop activities. Data were collected through audio recordings, photos, and different types of written documentation. The findings provide a description of the methodology thus developed and applied. They display a methodology that can be useful for the design and development of care service and innovations for older persons where user participation is in focus.

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2017. Vol. 14, no 5, E512
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User participation; reflective practice;action research;co-learning;implementation
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Medical and Health Sciences Physiotherapy
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63336DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14050512PubMedID: 28489067ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85018871242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63336DiVA: diva2:1095253
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Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-05-16 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2017-05-30Bibliographically approved

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