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
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8277)


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.


fall risk fall prevention older adults ambient assisted living 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi Similä
    • 1
  • Milla Immonen
    • 1
  • Carlos García Gordillo
    • 2
  • Tuula Petäkoski-Hult
    • 1
  • Patrik Eklund
    • 3
  1. 1.VTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandFinland
  2. 2.CGG ManagementSpain
  3. 3.Umeå UniversitySweden

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