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A Participatory Design Framework for the Gamification of Rehabilitation Systems

Charles, DK and McDonough, Suzanne (2015) A Participatory Design Framework for the Gamification of Rehabilitation Systems. In: Recent Advances on Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Rehabilitation. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 2-9. ISBN 978-1-63484-028-6 [Book section]

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In recent years games and game technology have been used quite widely to investigate if they can help make rehabilitation more engaging for users. The underlying hypothesis is that the motivating qualities of games may be harnessed and embedded into a game-based rehabilitation system to improve the quality of user participation. We present here the PACT framework which has been created to guide the design of gamified rehabilitation systems; placing emphasis on people, aesthetics, context, and technology from the beginning of a design and development process. We discuss the evolution of PACT from our previous GAMER framework, which was used to develop a range of games for upper arm stroke rehabilitation with natural user interfaces. GAMER was established to guide the design of rehabilitation games from the viewpoint of a designer, whereas with PACT greater emphasis has been placed on an inclusive design process. We provide a detailed work flow illustration for the use of PACT in the development of rehabilitation systems and provide examples of practical design and analysis tools that improve the quality of workflow in PACT.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Rehabiliation, Design, Framework, Participitory, Games, Gamification
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:32363
Deposited By: Dr Darryl Charles
Deposited On:11 Dec 2015 14:41
Last Modified:11 Dec 2015 14:41

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