Over the past month, 17 interviews were conducted with formal and informal caregivers in The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The purpose of the interviews was to evaluate the design and functionalities of the first Posthcard mock-up, to explore opportunities for improvement and research the willingness to use the Posthcard application.The interview sessions consisted of three parts: usability testing, requirement analysis and acceptance testing.
Most of the participants indicated that they liked the concept of the game as well as the use of a simulation:
“The situation is nice, close to daily life. Nice and simple.”
The participants found the game easy to use and would recommend it to others. A lot of the participants found the game useful, it enabled them to practice different ways of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. The participants appreciated the innovative set-up of the game and that it can be used as a tool for training and educational purposes.
“I found the game useful because it allows me to practice without having consequences in real life”
“it provides me with new ideas, I would also use the game to explain the situation to others”.
The participants also provided some recommendations for future development of the game. They suggested to expand the user options and provide more options to personalize the game. Furthermore, they suggested to integrate the different stages of Alzheimers’s disease in the game.
An analysis of all data has been performed. The outcomes have been discussed by the project group during a meeting in Bucharest, Romania in August 2018. Based on this meeting, the project group has formulated targets for future development of the game.