Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life (focus section)

Guest Editors

Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University, Denmark
Francisco Nunes, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Important dates


• Deadline: November 21st 2014 (expired)
• Notification to the authors: December 15th 2014 -> December 30th 2014 (extended)
• Revised Submission: January 21st 2015
• Second Notification to the authors: February 13th 2015

• Camera ready paper: February, 20th 2015
• Publication of the special issue: February, 28th 2015 (at the latest)


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 technologies.

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. Perspective participants 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  .

Link to the paper submission page:

when submitting the paper please choose as first Domain Subject: 'IxD&A focus section on: 'Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life'

The manuscripts will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. The authors will be notified by December, 15th 2015 and the camera-ready paper must be submitted by February, 20th 2015.

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics of the paper format can be found on the website of IxD&A Journal the 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-editor:
• nervo[at]

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