Enabling Empathy in Health and Care | Design Methods and Challenges

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, held in Toronto, Canada between the 26th April and 1st May 2014.


The role of empathy has come to prominence in HCI as the community deals with issues in medical, health and emotionally charged contexts. In such settings empathizing with others is crucial in  understanding the experience of living with specific conditions or to be sensitive to the emotions of potentially vulnerable participants. HCI also becomes implicated in designing new tools and technologies that support empathic relations. This workshop aims to develop a richer conceptual and practical understanding of empathic engagement and design methods in this context to support and shape an agenda for future research.


W31: Enabling Empathy in Health and Care: Design Methods and Challenges

Anja Thieme – Newcastle University, United Kingdom 
John Vines – Newcastle University, United Kingdom 
Jayne Wallace – University of Dundee, United Kingdom 
Rachel Clarke – Newcastle University, United Kingdom 
Petr Slovák – Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
John McCarthy – University College Cork, Ireland 
Michael Massimi – Microsoft Research, United Kingdom 
Andrea Grimes Parker – Northeastern University, USA