Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson
University of Nottingham | Notts · Human Factors Research Group

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Additional affiliations
November 2018 - present
Insight User Research Ltd
Position
  • Managing Director
May 2010 - December 2018
University of Nottingham
Position
  • Managing Director
May 2003 - December 2018
University of Nottingham
Position
  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (43)
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Background Obesity amongst children and adolescents is becoming a major health problem globally and mobile food records can play a crucial role in promoting healthy dietary habits. Objective To describe the methodology for the implementation of the e-Diary mobile food record, to assess its capability in promoting healthy eating habits, to evaluate...
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This paper presents a framework to express the role of people in establishing and maintaining system safety. The Human Functions in Safety (HFiS) framework has been developed for the railway context, describing safety-related activity within functions, and how this is shaped by overall organisational goals and contextual factors. Analysing human fu...
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Background: Unplanned extubation (UE), the unintentional dislodgement of a patient’s artificial airway; indwelling endotracheal tube or tracheostomy, occurs infrequently in the critical care setting but is a high risk incident and requires appropriately skilled staff and clear management plans to manage and ensure a positive outcome for the patient...
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Background: Promotion of physical activity, healthy eating, adequate sleep, and reduced sedentary behavior in adolescents is a major priority globally given the current increase in population health challenges of noncommunicable diseases and risk factors such as obesity. Adolescents are highly engaged with mobile technology, but the challenge is t...
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Background: Behaviour change interventions targeting physical activity, diet, sleep and sedentary behaviour of teenagers show promise when delivered through smartphones. However, to date there is no evidence of effectiveness of multicomponent smartphone-based interventions. Utilising a user-centred design approach, we developed a theory-based, mul...
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BACKGROUND Promotion of physical activity, healthy eating, adequate sleep, and reduced sedentary behavior in adolescents is a major priority globally given the current increase in population health challenges of noncommunicable diseases and risk factors such as obesity. Adolescents are highly engaged with mobile technology, but the challenge is to...
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Background and Purpose Unplanned extubation (UE) is a recognised complication of critical care airway management.(NAP4, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK) Although an infrequent occurrence in adult intensive care units (ICU) it presents a unique challenge to staff in safely securing the patient‘s airway under varying staff skill mix and ICU experi...
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Adolescence is a vulnerable stage in which the development of certain unhealthy behaviours can occur. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among European teenagers is rapidly increasing and may lead to both short- and long-term health complications. The fast development of the ICT, and in particular mobile technologies, together with their incr...
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There is increasing demand for a systems approach within national healthcare guidelines to provide a systematic and sustainable framework for improvements in patient safety. Supported by this is the growing body of evidence within Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) healthcare literature for the inclusion of this approach in health service design, provi...
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Long-term health risks associated with unhealthy lifestyles present a significant current and future burden for healthcare providers. Adolescence represents a critical time for intervention, as habits formed during this period can persist throughout adult life. Given the prevalence of gaming as an entertainment medium amongst adolescents, and subse...
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This study aimed to investigate why there is variability in taking blood. A multi method Pilot study was completed in four National Health Service Scotland hospitals. Human Factors/Ergonomics principles were applied to analyse data from 50 observations, 15 interviews and 12-months of incident data from all Scottish hospitals. The Functional Resonan...
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This chapter explores the use of multi-techniques for teenage HCI health research. Through four case studies we present information about adolescents as users of healthcare services and technologies, adolescent personal development and the human factors approaches through which teenagers have been involved in healthcare research projects. In each c...
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In the third article in the series, we describe the outputs from a series of roundtable discussions by Human Factors experts and General Practice (GP) Educational Supervisors tasked with examining the GP (family medicine) training and work environments through the lens of the systems and designed-centred discipline of Human Factors and Ergonomics (...
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Background The Health Companion App is being developed as a user interface and “gateway” for teenagers to interact with a multi-technology system comprising wearable sensors, garments, a serious game, and other services, designed to help promote and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours to prevent obesity in 13-16 year olds across Europe.** The de...
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The increasing amount of time spent in front of display screens, involving, sometimes, prolonged and daily use, has led to an expanse of legislation and recommendations to encourage employers to identify and adopt design features and work practices which minimize any risk to computer users and others using display screen equipment (DSE). As technol...
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In the United Kingdom (UK), anaesthetic rooms (ARs) are the standard site for induction of anaesthesia. Although advocates of ARs argue that they provide a quiet and comfortable place for patients to be anaesthetised, the competing argument is that ARs create a risk to those patients by transferring them whist they are unconscious and unmonitored....
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Although many researchers have studied the user behavior of using text-based information search engine, less is known about search pattern for mobile content-based image search. We developed a Query-by-Drawing (QbD) mobile application, and conducted a user study on it to explore the search behavior of painting search by drawing on the touchscreen p...
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Color selection is a common task in a plethora of mobile applications. Although a variety of color palettes emerge, there are no design guidelines or studies of the use of color palette interfaces for drawing on touch-screen phone. We are particularly interested in drawing queries to search for paintings on mobile phone. In this paper, we classifie...
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Wearable devices are trying to conquer the market and to enter the users' daily life. However, wearables show their limits when creating long-term engagement, which is crucial for helping the users to build healthy lifestyles that can accompany them during their lives. The main goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioner...
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Behavioral patterns linked to physical activity and nutrition are established during adolescence and people tend to maintain them throughout their whole lives. Wearable life tracking devices might be a useful tool in order to achieve healthy lifestyles among teens. The objective of this study is to investigate what teens think of current wearable d...
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The use of checklists to minimise errors is well established in high reliability, safety-critical industries. In health care there is growing interest in checklists to standardise checking processes and ensure task completion, and so provide further systemic defences against error and patient harm. However, in UK general practice there is limited e...
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In UK general practice safe system designs and checking processes can be inadequate. There is limited experience of checklists to help reliable checking of safety issues of importance to health, wellbeing and performance. A prototype checklist was co-developed with care team members and ‘safety experts’ in Scotland, which contains six safety domain...
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What is the background to the workshop? Please describe the background to your workshop and its importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the conference community. It is now widely accepted that the scientific discipline of ‘human factors’ can make a significant contribution to understanding, evaluating and enhancing healthcare safety and p...
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For the case of people desire to find the previously-seen painting but only have vague memory of the painting, we designed and built a mobile phone application to enable people to search for paintings by drawing rough color sketches. Three-phase memory studies -with 15-minute delay, 1-week delay and 1-month delay - were conducted to explore if peop...
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Background Hand hygiene compliance is traditionally monitored by visual methods that are open to bias and strictly limited in time and place. Automatic monitoring may be more effective for infection control as well as performance management. Aim To establish accuracy and acceptability of an automatic contact monitoring system for hand hygiene. Me...
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There has been little reported research on using color palettes on mobile devices to enable users to draw images in order to search for similar images. In this paper, we present a preliminary experiment designed to explore which color palette works best for searching for the portrait painting by drawing color patches on mobile phone. Four color pal...
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The booming development of digital technologies has significant effects on the way that human see and feel this world. The digitalization of artworks raises a set of interesting topics with the aim of making the artworks accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. In this paper, an Android Mobile App ‘A is for Art’ was developed to help the g...
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Nowadays alphanumeric passwords are still widely used, even though it causes the well-known 'password problem'. There are a lot of studies on alternative user authentication schemes which try to take place of the textual password. PixelPin is one of the picture-based authentication systems, which are base on Blonder's patent (Graphical Passwords. U...
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Most UK hospitals lack enough single rooms to provide source isolation for all infected patients. The aim of this study was to test prototype isolation systems on general wards together with specifically designed portable sink units and toilets. Questionnaires were offered to staff, patients and visitors covering ease of use and acceptability. A to...
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While the prevalence of anxiety and depression has increased, little is known of the impact on working life. The aim of this study was to explore the effects of anxiety and depression and the treatment for these conditions on performance and safety in the workplace. Nine focus groups were conducted with employees who had suffered anxiety and depres...
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The number of people taking prescribed medication for anxiety and depression has increased greatly, but little is known of how this medication impacts on safety at work. To examine the relation between anxiety and depression, prescribed medication, performance, and safety in the workplace. The research involved nine focus groups with sufferers of a...
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This overview paper draws together findings from previous focus group research and studies of 100 individual construction accidents. Pursuing issues raised by the focus groups, the accident studies collected qualitative information on the circumstances of each incident and the causal influences involved. Site based data collection entailed intervie...
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This paper presents tools and equipment aspects of the results from a three-year United Kingdom Government funded research project investigating accident causality (ConCA). The project has used focus groups and studied in detail 100 construction accidents site audits, interviews with involved persons and follow-up along the causal chain. This paper...
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A study of 45 non-keyboard input device (NKID) users was undertaken at nine organisations to investigate the extent, pattern and method of NKID usage, workstation configurations, postures adopted and musculoskeletal symptoms. A number of methods were used: work activity diaries, interviews, observations and postural assessments. A range of NKID wer...
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This document is also available electronically at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr156.pdf Although the British construction industry is one of the safest in Europe, one third of all work fatalities happen in construction and construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than employees in other sectors. A similar situat...
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This paper describes work in progress, which is attempting to measure long term vibration dose for vehicle operators. Details are given of the first set of measurements carried out on three articulated heavy goods vehicles. Initial analyses showed extremely high magnitudes of vibration exposure on the seats of the vehicles. However, closer inspecti...
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When searching the literature, one is hard pressed to find reports of whole-body vibration measurements with a duration longer than a few minutes. When making a risk assessment according to standards and directives, the vibration exposure must be assessed and often measured. It has previously been assumed that a measurement of a few minutes will su...
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When searching the literature, one is hard pressed to find reports of whole-body vibration measurements with a duration longer than a few minutes. When making a risk assessment according to standards and directives, the vibration exposure must be assessed and often measured. It has previously been assumed that a measurement of a few minutes will su...

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PEGASO is a multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary ICT-based system exploiting sophisticated and engaging game mechanics which will motivate behavioural changes towards healthy lifestyles thus preventing overweight and obesity in the younger population. The framework of PEGASO is developed along three main dimensions: Individual & Environmental Monitoring – a high level-monitoring platform including wearable sensors, mobile phone as well as multimedia diaries for the acquisition of physical, behavioural and emotional attitude of adolescent. Feedback System - providing feedback in terms of "health status" changes, required actions to undertake and so on, proposing personalized healthy options for alternative lifestyles. Social connectivity and engagement - addressing social networking strategies for users to share experiences in a community of peers through different gaming strategies.