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Developing Assistive Interventions: Promises and Challenges

Developing Assistive Interventions: Promises and Challenges
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Author(s): Sitwat Langrial (University of Oulu, Finland)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 16
Source title: Assistive Technologies for Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lau Bee Theng (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7373-1.ch007

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Abstract

Digital interventions have received a great deal of attention from researchers and scholars. Development, implementation, and evaluation of behavior change, and assistive technologies for improved living are being increasingly studied. Assistive technologies in particular have opened up venues for technological advancements for supported living for people with mental and physical disabilities. This chapter is conceptual in nature and discusses the emergence of digital interventions for improved living. Further advancement of a relatively new research field of Persuasive Technology is discussed that is largely related to supporting healthy living. The aim of the chapter is to review early digital interventions and emergence of behavior change and assistive technologies. It highlights potential benefits that could be realized through the use of carefully designed behavior change and assistive technologies. In addition, several key challenges, promises, and pitfalls are briefly outlined. Presented knowledge would help researchers and practitioners in abstracting, designing, and evaluating assistive technologies.

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