Augmented Cognition Best Paper Award

Certificate for best paper award of the 15th International Conference on Augmented Cognition. Details in text following the image

Certificate for Best Paper Award of the 15th International Conference on Augmented Cognition

The award has been conferred to

Javad Norouzi Nia, Fatima Varzgani, Soussan Djamasbi, Bengisu Tulu (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA),
Christopher Lee and Susanne Muehlschlegel (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)

Javad Norouzi Nia

for the paper entitled

"Visual Hierarchy and Communication Effectiveness in Medical Decision Tools for Surrogate-Decision-Makers of Critically Ill Traumatic Brain Injury Patients"

Presented in the context of
HCI International 2021
24-29 July 2021

Paper Abstract
"A major goal of decision support tools (decision aids [DAs]) is to help people make informed decisions; hence, they often provide users with important information. This is particularly true for medical shared decision-making tools (decision aids [DAs]) for surrogate-decision-makers. These tools are designed to help individuals make crucial life-or-death decisions for loved ones who, due to a severe illness, are unable to make their own decisions. Making such decisions on behalf of a loved one often requires the processing of a great deal of medical information, typically in a short period of time, while respecting the patient’s values and preferences. Hence, it is particularly important to design such DAs in a way to communicate provided information effectively. In this study, we examined the impact of visual hierarchy on the communication effectiveness of a DA designed for surrogate decision-makers of critically ill traumatic brain injury patients. We compared users’ viewing behavior between two prototypes with different visual hierarchy levels. We also examined the impact of visual hierarchy that was created through images on engagement with the content. Our results show that creating distinct visual hierarchies can have a notable impact on how effectively provided information is communicated to users. The results also show that creating visual hierarchies via images can improve user engagement with textual information in medical tools designed for surrogate-decision-makers."

The full paper is available through SpringerLink, provided that you have proper access rights.