Advertisement

‘Weather’ Wearable System: A Design Exploration to Facilitate the Collaboration and Communication with Chronic Pain Patients

  • Xin TongEmail author
  • Diane Gromala
  • Amber Choo
  • Mahsoo Salimi
  • Jeewon Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9177)

Abstract

Unpredictable spikes in pain intensity can easily interrupt the lives of chronic pain patients. The uncertainty of when these painful experiences will occur inhibits positive communications and collaborations with friends, families or co-workers in daily life. In this paper, the authors explore an affective design space for developing a wearable technology piece using real-time biofeedback monitoring capabilities. The intent of the device is to mitigate chronic pain patients’ pain uncertainty in order to facilitate daily collaborations between the worker who lives with chronic pain and co-workers through social signaling. This exploratory design process, including the wearable system organization and presentation rationale, was developed in participatory design collaboration with target users: a chronic pain patient and people she works with in an academic workplace context. After three iterations, two prototypes were developed; each addresses the control of privacy and information sharing issues. In future work, appropriate evaluation methods will be explored and the iterative design prototype also will be improved based on user feedback. The long-term goal is to improve the wearable’s applicability in a variety of social contexts, and applicability for other chronic conditions.

Keywords

Wearable computing system Chronic pain Collaboration and communication Uncertainty mitigation 

References

  1. 1.
    Miles, A., Curran, H.V., Pearce, S., Allan, L.: Managing constraint: the experience of people with chronic pain. Soc. Sci. Med. 61(2), 431–441 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Charmaz, K.: Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. Rutgers University Press, New Jersey (1991)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Benjamin, A., Birnholtz, J., Baecker, R., Gromala, D., Furlan, A.: Impression management work: how seniors with chronic pain address disruptions in their interactions. In: Proceedings of the ACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, New York, NY, USA, pp. 799–808 (2012)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ryan, S.E.: Garments of paradise: wearable discourse in the digital age. MIT Press, New York (2014)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Dorr, D., Bonner, L.M., Cohen, A.N., Shoai, R.S., Perrin, R., Chaney, E., Young, A.S.: Informatics systems to promote improved care for chronic illness: a literature review. J. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc. JAMIA 14(2), 156–163 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Wells, N., Pasero, C., McCaffery, M.: Improving the quality of care through pain assessment and management. In: Hughes, R.G. (ed.) Patient Safety and Quality An Evidence Based Handbook for Nurses. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US), Rockville (2008)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Oliver, N., Flores-Mangas, F.: HealthGear: a real-time wearable system for monitoring and analyzing physiological signals. In: International Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, 2006. BSN 2006, 2006 p. 4 pp.–64Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Choi, Y., Parsani, R., Pandey, A.V., Roman, X., Cheok, A.D.: Light perfume: a fashion accessory for synchronization of nonverbal communication. Leonardo 46(5), 439–444 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Hartman, K.: The art of wearable communication. TED. http://www.ted.com/talks/kate_hartman_the_art_of_wearable_communication. Accessed 08 February 2014
  10. 10.
    Bonato, P.: Advances in wearable technology and its medical applications. In: 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), pp. 2021–2024 (2010)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Post, E.R., Orth, M., Russo, P.R., Gershenfeld, N.: E-broidery: design and fabrication of textile-based computing. IBM Syst. J. 39(3–4), 840–860 (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Rachel Pezzlo, E.P. Intelligent Clothing: Empowering the Mobile Worker by Wearable Computing (2009)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    International Pain Summit Of The International Association For The Study Of Pain: Declaration of montréal: declaration that access to pain management is a fundamental human right. J. Pain Palliat. Care Pharmacother. 25(1), 29–31 (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Park, S., Jayaraman, S.: Enhancing the quality of life through wearable technology. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Mag. 22(3), 41–48 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Elliot, A.J., Maier, M.A., Moller, A.C., Friedman, R., Meinhardt, J.: Color and psychological functioning: The effect of red on performance attainment. J. Exp. Psychol. Gen. 136(1), 154–168 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Tong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diane Gromala
    • 1
  • Amber Choo
    • 1
  • Mahsoo Salimi
    • 1
  • Jeewon Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversitySurreyCanada

Personalised recommendations