The Design of a Mobile App for Promotion of Physical Activity and Self-Management in Prostate Cancer Survivors: Personas, Feature Ideation and Low-Fidelity Prototyping

Francisco Monteiro-Guerra, Octavio Rivera-Romero, Vasiliki Mylonopoulou, Gabriel R. Signorelli, Francisco Zambrana, Luis Fernandez

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Abstract

Most prostate cancer survivors are confronted with disease-related and treatment-related side effects that impact their quality of life. A tool that combines specific physical activity coaching with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and self-management guidance might be a successful method to enhance a lifestyle change in these patients. As a prerequisite for useful health technology, it is important to consider a design process centred in the patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the context of the problem and the user needs to support the ideation of a low-fidelity prototype of a tool to promote a healthy lifestyle in survivors of early-stage prostate cancer survivors. A user-centred design approach was followed involving a multidisciplinary team. The prototype was developed in 3 phases. In phase 1, the context was studied with 2 systematic reviews of the state of practice and consulting with 3 specialists in Oncology, resulting in a global use case and main requirements. In phase 2, the needs and barriers of the users were studied based on literature research and validated with 3 specialists, resulting in the creation of 3 personas. In phase 3, 2 sessions were held to ideate and prioritize possible app features, based on brainstorming and selection techniques. Using the Ninja Mock and Proto.io software a low-fidelity prototype was developed, resulting in 25 interactive screens. Understanding the user needs and context seems to be essential to highlight key goals hence facilitating the bridge between ideation of the tool and the intended users tasks and experiences. The conclusion of this first stage of the design process brings valuable details (such as barriers of the users to technology and physical activity) for future iterations of design of the mobile app.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages761-766
Number of pages6
Volume2017-June
ISBN (Electronic)9781538617106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017
Event30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201724 Jun 2017

Other

Other30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period22/6/1724/6/17

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Keywords

  • mobile app
  • physical activity
  • prostate cancer survivors.
  • self-management
  • user-centred design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications

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Monteiro-Guerra, F., Rivera-Romero, O., Mylonopoulou, V., Signorelli, G. R., Zambrana, F., & Fernandez, L. (2017). The Design of a Mobile App for Promotion of Physical Activity and Self-Management in Prostate Cancer Survivors: Personas, Feature Ideation and Low-Fidelity Prototyping. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017 (Vol. 2017-June, pp. 761-766). [8104295] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CBMS.2017.75