Assistive Technology (AT) Usability and Adoption: Future Drivers

Avril D. McCarthy, Louise Moody

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The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate the importance of usability in
the development, adoption and effectiveness of assistive technologies (AT).Usability engineering as well as related approaches, including human factors, inclusive design and acceptability are explained. The importance of considering device usability is highlighted through examples of adverse events that have resulted from issues associated with medical device design. The chapter goes on to introduce key medical device regulatory frameworks and standards. These have been produced to guide developers of medical devices (including applicable assistive technology) to improve user acceptance, device usability and safety. Usability engineering methods are listed with examples given of how these have been applied in the development of assistive
technology devices within the Devices for Dignity portfolio of projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations
EditorsAndree Woodcock, Louise Moody, Deana McDonagh, Ajita Jain, Lakhmi Jain
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-26292-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-26291-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameIntelligent Systems Reference Library
ISSN (Print)1868-4394
ISSN (Electronic)1868-4408


  • Adoption
  • Ageing
  • Assistive technology
  • Market failure
  • Medical device
  • Regulations and standards
  • Safety
  • Usability
  • User acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences

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