Design trade-offs in self-management technology: the HeartMan case

Jan Derboven, Roos Voorend, Karin Slegers

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Health self-management technology has the potential to significantly improve the Quality of Life of patients suffering from chronic diseases. However, designing the technology involves numerous highly context-dependent design decisions. In this paper, we analyse a case study of self-monitoring technology in the field of congestive heart failure. We analyse the design process of the technology from the perspective of design trade-offs. Three important trade-offs related to health self-monitoring technology are described in detail, related to patient autonomy, technology appropriation, and patient well-being. For each of the trade-offs, various mediating factors that influence design decisions are described in detail. On a practical level, this analysis can inform future developments in self-management technology. In addition, this design trade-off analysis provides intermediary knowledge that can contribute to a better theoretical understanding of health self-management technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-87
Number of pages16
JournalBehaviour & Information Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020


  • CARE
  • Human-centered design
  • chronic heart failure
  • design trade-offs
  • healthcare
  • self-management


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