Making diabetes education interactive: tangible educational toys for children with type-1 diabetes

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Younger children (under 9 years) with type-1 diabetes are often very passive in the management of their condition and can face difficulties in accessing and understanding basic diabetes related information. This can make transitioning to self-management in later years very challenging. Previous research has mostly focused on educational interventions for older children.

To create an educational tool which can support the diabetes educational process of younger children, we conducted a multiphase and multi-stakeholder user-centred design process. The result is an interactive tool that illustrates diabetes concepts in an age-appropriate way with the use of tangible toys. The tool was evaluated inside a paediatric diabetes clinic with clinicians, children and parents and was found to be engaging, acceptable and effective. In addition to providing implications for the design and adoption of educational tools for children in a clinical setting, we discuss the challenges for conducting user-centred design in such a setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsStephen Brewster, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Anna Cox, Vassilis Kostakos
Place of PublicationNew York, NY.
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - SEC, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • type-1 diabetes
  • children with diabetes
  • self management of medication
  • interactive education

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