Human-centered approaches that integrate sensor technology across the lifespan: Opportunities and challenges

Nurs Outlook. 2020 Nov-Dec;68(6):734-744. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.05.004. Epub 2020 Jul 4.


Children, parents, older adults, and caregivers routinely use sensor technology as a source of health information and health monitoring. The purpose of this paper is to describe three exemplars of research that used a human-centered approach to engage participants in the development, design, and usability of interventions that integrate technology to promote health. The exemplars are based on current research studies that integrate sensor technology into pediatric, adult, and older adult populations living with a chronic health condition. Lessons learned and considerations for future studies are discussed. Nurses have successfully implemented interventions that use technology to improve health and detect, prevent, and manage diseases in children, families, individuals and communities. Nurses are key stakeholders to inform clinically relevant health monitoring that can support timely and personalized intervention and recommendations.

Keywords: Diabetes; Health technology; Human centered design; Self and shared-management; Sleep; Smart homes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Inventions / trends*
  • Longevity*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Nursing / instrumentation*
  • Nursing / methods*
  • Nursing Care / methods*
  • Universal Design
  • Young Adult