The Living Challenges of Ambient Assisted Living - A Literature Review

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Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is a rapidly evolving research and development area propelled by scarcity of health resources caused by an aging workforce and increase of Citizens in need of health care and health assistance on a regular basis. This paper presents a literature review of the current state-of-the-art of AAL. The objective is to point towards methodological actions to be taken into account in AAL research on this basis. Searches were conducted in five research
databases. The search identified 86 papers. 10 of these papers were review papers chosen for analysis. The analysis presents an overview of the current status of AAL within the following categories: technology, users, application domains, rationales, successes and challenges of AAL. The paper concludes
that the living part, i.e. the everyday practice of people living
with Assistive Technology, is the primary challenge to the field
due to its complexity of people and practices challenging the
technological development and use. This calls for methods
that support research carried out in close co-operations with
the living environment and facilitate the complexity of stakeholders
within the use-domain in a constructive and innovative
manner. Living Lab is discussed as a general example on
such methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHI 2015, Proceedings from The 13th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics, June 15-17, 2015, Tromsø, Norway
EditorsConceicao Granja, Andrius Budrionis
Number of pages4
PublisherLinköping University Electronic Press
Publication date26 Jun 2015
Article number115:014
ISBN (Print)978-91-7685-985-8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2015
EventScandinavian Conference on Health Informatics - Tromsø, Norway
Duration: 15 Jun 201517 Jun 2015
Conference number: 13th


ConferenceScandinavian Conference on Health Informatics
SeriesLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings


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