Designing for Understanding: Helping Older Adults Understand Over-the-Counter Medication Information

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014

Figure 1: Aquesha Martin, now a postdoc at UMBC

Speaker: Aqueasha Marie Martin, School of Computing, Clemson University

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:00 am

Hosted by Amy Hurst

Location: ITE 404, Department of Information Systems, UMBC

Abstract: Each year, thousands die or are injured due to adverse drug events due to medication. Technology such as health records and other consumer-based health applications have been shown to be beneficial for helping individuals manage their health. Despite this growing body of work, little to no research has been conducted to gauge the possible effectiveness of technology created through a user-centered process to assist consumers in understanding over-the-counter medication information.

In this talk, I will discuss research that explores the implications for the design of interactive technology to help older adults understand the possible risk of adverse drug events resulting from taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications. I will briefly discuss three studies that are part of an Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study that was designed to identify current practices and challenges, identify opportunities for technology integration, and examine usable and effective ways to present over-the-counter medication information to older adults.

Bio: Aqueasha Marie Martin is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Computing at Clemson University. She is working towards a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. She is a member of the Human-Centered Computing Lab under the direction of Dr. Juan E. Gilbert. She received a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics in 2005 from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS. She received an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in Birmingham, AL in 2007. In addition, she completed one year of graduate study toward Ph.D. in Computer Science at Auburn University in Auburn, AL in 2008 before transferring with her advisor to Clemson University to continue her Ph.D. studies.

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