University of Wisconsin–Madison

Patient-Environment Interaction at Core of Researcher’s New “vizHome” Project

  • Overview: This research studies the factors that influence a person’s ability to manage a health condition at home. The ‘vizHome’ Project will support the group’s data collection efforts resulting in 360-degree, detailed images of homes of people living with diabetes. The images will be translated into 3-D displays within the immersive, virtual reality CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment). After recreating images in virtual reality, the team will look for patient trends at home that may enhance or inhibit a person’s ability to remember to do specific health treatment tasks, such as taking medications, checking blood sugar levels, or other monitoring practices.

    Methods: The researchers intend to study as many homes as possible in partnership with the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), a public health research study monitoring the health of Wisconsinites. After the researchers look at similarities and differences among home living environments, studying three to five rooms in each house, they plan to digitize objects and furniture into 3-D representations that can be moved and rearranged to create variations of the same room. Then they will conduct studies with a new group of participants unfamiliar with the particular home who are either diagnosed with diabetes or are involved with diabetes care of another, to measure which features may affect their ability to manage their home care. The focus is on task accomplishment rather than architectural redesign.

    Funding: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • Gail Casper, RN, PhD
    Associate Scientist
    vizHOME Project Director
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

    Kevin Ponto, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Design Studies Department
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

    Pascale Carayon, PhD
    Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality
    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Director, Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Peter Hoonakker, PhD
    Research Scientist, Associate Director of Research
    Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Catherine Arnott-Smith, PhD
    Discovery Fellow, Associate Professor, Library and Information Studies
    Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Nicole Werner, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Werner, N.E., Carayon, P., Casper, G.R., Hoonakker, P.L.T., Arnott Smith, C., Brennan, P.F. (2016). Affordances of household features important for personal health information management: Designing consumer health information technology for the home. In Mollo, V. and Falzon, P. (Ed), Proceedings of the Healthcare Systems Ergonomics and Patient Safety Conference. Toulouse, France, October 5-7, 2016, pp. 390-394.

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