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The ICT for Health Unit of the Directorate General Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) and the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS, DG Joint Research Centre) of the European Commission organized a joint workshop on "User Needs in ICT Research for Independent Living, with a Focus on Health Aspects". The objective of the workshop was to identify and discuss the main issues, from a user's perspective, regarding ICT for Independent Living with focus on health aspects in the ageing society. This report on the workshop aims to contribute to a clearer needs-oriented focus of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) initiative, a 5 year R&D project involving the European Commission, the Member States and European industry.
Understanding the needs of different users is crucial for the success of Independent Living Services (ILS), as it is in all ICT application areas. Older users are not a homogenous group and their needs vary significantly according to the socio-demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the group. This report focuses on the different target groups of Independent Living Services, active older people who prevent themselves from getting diseases through 'wellness' activities; older people with slight physical and/or mental handicaps, informal carers such as relatives of the older people. Understanding the needs of other ILS user groups such as professional carers and a broader group of professionals in the health system would also be required, but this has been excluded from this study in order to better focus on older users and informal carers.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22352 EN (2006), 55 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LF-NA-22352-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-02983-5
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