CHILDSPLA: a collaboration between children and researchers to design and animate health states.


Abrines Jaume, N; Abbiss, M; Wray, J; Ashworth, J; Brown, KL; Cairns, J; (2015) CHILDSPLA: a collaboration between children and researchers to design and animate health states. Child, 41 (6). pp. 1140-51. ISSN 0305-1862 DOI: 10.1111/cch.12280

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Abstract

AIM: The children's health state preferences learnt from animation (CHILDSPLA) project developed an interactive application presented on a touch screen device using an animated character to collect information from children about their health.<br/> BACKGROUND: The underlying hypothesis was that health information could be directly collected from children as young as 4 years old by the use of animated characters. This paper describes in detail how children were involved in the development of the application, and recounts both the challenges and benefits of that process. A child psychologist and an animation filmmaker worked closely with children to design a character and to animate it to represent different health states. Children were recruited from a local primary school (n = 38) and a paediatric specialist hospital (n = 36). Diverse interactive activities were organized to help children give feedback and guide the design process. The activities for each session were adjusted to the children's needs, based on the experience of previous sessions.<br/> RESULTS: The character and the animations were modified according to the feedback provided by the children.<br/> CONCLUSIONS: Developing the CHILDSPLA app in collaboration with children was a worthwhile and enriching experience, despite the required iteration and extension of the design process, as it enabled us to adjust the tool to the children's needs.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
PubMed ID: 26227090
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2255436

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