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MyCareBudget: Co-creating a Healthcare Digital Commons with and for Disabled Citizens and their Unpaid Carers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Glick, Dr Clara Crivellaro



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Supporting disabled populations and their unpaid carers through designing sustainable healthcare interventions and infrastructures, is an important, yet challenging, area in HCI research. We report on a collaboration with 23 disabled citizens, unpaid carers, and a care organisation, wishing to co-develop digital responses to challenges they face in the management of personalised care. We describe how leveraging participatory methods, including asynchronous and remote engagements, enabled the co-creation of a sustainable digital common-pool resource, used by over 5,000 people worldwide. This study contributes novel configurations of methods and tools for co-design with ‘seldom heard’ populations. Demonstrating how these enabled the collective articulation of what constitutes trust, governance, and responsibility, in the design of a digital commons, “MyCareBudget”, offering peer-produced care documents for use by disabled citizens and their unpaid carers. We discuss implications for HCI interested in co-designing sustainable socio-technical interventions with underserved and marginalised populations, in healthcare settings.

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Author(s): Glick P, Crivellaro C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23)

Year of Conference: 2023

Pages: 16

Print publication date: 09/04/2023

Online publication date: 19/04/2023

Acceptance date: 09/01/2023

Date deposited: 02/03/2023

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3544548.3580934

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/tbyn-my47

Notes: Article No.: 279

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ISBN: 9781450394215