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Focus section on
"Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life"

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Guest Editors:
• Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University
• Francisco Nunes, Vienna University of Technology
• Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology
• Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen

Important dates:
*** Deadline: 21 November, 2014 ***
Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 15 December, 2014
• Deadline for submission of the final camera ready version of accepted papers: 20 February, 2015
• Publication of the special issue: end of February 2015


Self-managing a chronic condition is a challenging activity. It requires
patients and caregivers to deal with symptoms and the possible resulting
disability, to manage emotions, and mediate their relationship with
health professionals. Self-care technologies have tried to help in these
tasks in multiple ways, including watching the evolution of symptoms,
performing health measurements, or connecting with others that have the
same condition. Nevertheless, self-care technologies often fail to
integrate themselves into people’s everyday life.

Designing self-care technology for everyday life requires an in-depth
understanding of the self-care strategies people use, the contexts in
which they live, and tools they have at their disposal. Acquiring this
understanding requires new approaches to the design of self-care

The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers to explore the
challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and theoretical insights of
self-care technologies to broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research in
self-care. This body of work is likely to inform the new generation of
more holistic self-care technologies that takes into account people’s
everyday life and experiences.

Topics of Interests

We welcome research papers that discuss the issues of design,
development, deployment, and use of self-care technologies in everyday
life, from topics including, but not restricted to:

• Success (and failure) stories of self-care technologies;
• Societal effects of self-care technologies;
• Appropriation of self-care technologies;
• Challenges of using self-care technology in everyday life;
• Solutions created by patients and caregivers;
• Collaboration and division of work in self-care;
• Enabling patient empowerment;
• Bridging clinical and non-clinical settings;
• Design processes for creating more integrated self-care technologies that fit everyday life;
• Theories and schools of though involved in the design of self-care technology;

Self-care; self-management; chronic care; self-care technology; personal
health management; patient empowerment.


Submission procedure
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.

All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit a 8-14 pages paper
(including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines


Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page: (when submitting the
paper please choose Domain Subjects under: "IxD&A focus section on:
'Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

• nervo[at]

marking the subject as: "' IxD&A section on: 'Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life' "

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