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Co-design methods for eliciting patient needs for wrist splint design

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posted on 18.10.2019 by Charlotte Pyatt, Matt Sinclair, Richard Bibb
Wrist splints are a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, however their effectiveness is compromised by patients not wearing splints as prescribed. Previous research has identified reasons for non-compliance, but typically lacks insights that could lead to improved splint design. A three-part study using design probes, context mapping and a personalization toolkit as co-design methods for eliciting patient needs for wrist splint designs, is described. It identifies three themes and nine sub-themes for situations that affect compliance in wearing a splint. Additionally four motivating factors to wear, and 10 motivating factors not to wear a splint are presented. Nine requirements for improved splint design are established and form the basis of the design for a prototype personalization toolkit. Testing of this toolkit reveals participants are keen to wear splints whose appearance matches the clothes they are wearing or activities being undertaken. Co-design methods are shown to be capable of identifying determinants of compliance not previously discussed in the literature, as well as eliciting patient-specific needs for splint design.

Funding

Loughborough School of Design & Creative Arts

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School

  • Design

Published in

Design for Health

Volume

3

Issue

2

Pages

240-260

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design for Health on 9 November 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/24735132.2019.1685856.

Acceptance date

07/10/2019

Publication date

2019-11-09

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2473-5132

eISSN

2473-5140

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Matt Sinclair. Deposit date: 17 October 2019

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