Portrait: portraying individuality

Gemma Webster, Deborah I Fels, Gary Gowans, Norman Alm

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


People with dementia who live in care homes can have very little social interaction. Care staff have limited time to spend with each person and communication difficulties can make it difficult to get to know the person with dementia as a person. This paper presents Portrait a software tool to enable care staff to get to know a person with dementia quickly. An initial usability study was carried out to evaluate the system with inexperienced computer users. The study was conducted in two iterations collecting data on ease of use, preference of features, level of training required and how engaging Portrait was to use. Overall Portrait was very positively recieved with no major usability issues and all participants rated the system as either engaging or very engaging and fun to use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th international conference on Computers helping people with special needs
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)3-642-14099-8 978-3-642-14099-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series



  • personality
  • care aid
  • dementia
  • multimedia
  • person centred


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