”Why is the doctor a man?”: Reactions of Older Adults to a Virtual Training Doctor

Aurora Constantin, Catherine Lai, Elaine Farrow, Beatrice Alex, R.E. Pel-Littel, Henk Herman Nap, J.T. Jeuring

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Abstract

Shared decision making (SDM) is increasingly considered as the best way to reach a treatment decision in a clinical environment. However, the use of SDM in practice can be obstructed by a number of factors, such as time constraints or lack of applicability due to patient characteristics. Our project, PrepDoc, explores how a Virtual Training Doctor (VTD) can help patients overcome some of these obstacles to experiencing effective SDM during doctor's visits. In this paper, we report on user studies conducted with 19 participants in Scotland aged 65+. The goal of these studies was to identify the reactions of this audience to the PrepDoc system, evaluate its suitability within Scotland, and elicit suggestions to improve it. Our findings revealed that the idea of empowering people to participate in SDM using a virtual agent was positively received by all participants. However, the reactions to how this idea was implemented in the PrepDoc system varied greatly across participants. Based on this, our paper outlines recommendations for enhancing the user experience with VTDs, accommodating individual differences of older adults, and accounting for the national context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '19
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019 - The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
https://chi2019.acm.org/

Conference

ConferenceThe ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
Abbreviated titleCHI 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19
Internet address

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Constantin, A., Lai, C., Farrow, E., Alex, B., Pel-Littel, R. E., Nap, H. H., & Jeuring, J. T. (2019). ”Why is the doctor a man?”: Reactions of Older Adults to a Virtual Training Doctor. In CHI EA '19: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-6). [LBW1719] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312811