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Kansei Engineering Approach for Designing a Self-monitoring Blood Glucose Application

Dyah Santhi Dewi, Aufaria Rosa Irfoni, Arief Rahman



The proportion of people with diabetes in Indonesia
is 6.9%, of whom, 90% suffer from type 2 diabetes. To control diabetes, the International
Diabetes Foundation has a self-monitoring blood glucose program (SMBG) that is
designed to gather detailed information about blood glucose, which can be used
to define the required dietary and physical activity. In Indonesia, SMBGs have
not been applied widely due to some difficulties with the SMBG application,
including difficulty with interpreting blood glucose levels and the required
food consumption. The rapid development of smartphones and the internet in
recent years may provide a solution for SMBG applications in Indonesia. Therefore,
the aim of this research is to design an SMBG application that meets the needs
of people with diabetes. In designing the application, the Kansei Engineering
method was used due to its ability to capture impressions of the product that
reflect hidden needs. Kansei Engineering was applied to translate the patient’s
perception into design elements. Statistical analysis – particularly Factor
Analysis and Partial Least Squares Analysis – were used to support the Kansei
Engineering method. Statistical analysis indicated that four main design
components needed to be considered in the design, including ‘data record
persistence’, ‘ease of use’, ‘data presentation’, and ‘visual attractiveness’.
These four components were used as the basic design concepts, which were
transferred to new design specifications based on Partial Least Squares
Analysis. The selected design elements (or premium Kansei) were ‘color scheme –
light’, ‘language – Bahasa’, and ‘input dialog – typing’. The result of this
research is a design for an SMBG android-based application that is easy to use
and also provides appropriate information to patients with diabetes so they can
plan their diet program.

Keywords: Android application; Kansei Engineering; Product design; Type 2 diabetes

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