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The Virtual Donation Challenge: How might we increase the understanding of each other's wishes on organ donation?
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Fifty percent of the Swedish population is not aware of their relatives’ wishes on organ donation. It happens that some family members use their veto when they are asked to confirm their dead family member’s wish on organ donation and thereby preventing a potential transplant. If more people would be aware of this issue and tell each other what their standpoint is, we could help the health care to identify more organ donors and thus help more people to a better life. The project lead to an educational and physical exercise based application for tablets aimed for sixteen years old pupils where they by walking around in the physical space, learn about the organs and get physical exercise at the same time. The app is meant for schools since the school has the responsible to educate the pupils about different types of physical exercise and lifestyle. Moreover, tablets are becoming increasingly common in the schools.

I was influenced by an application called Zombies Run that focuses on creating a story by collecting virtual supplies while being running outside. Some statements from the research influenced me. A lady stated that she used to take her daughter out to walk the dog as much as possible because her daughter was at risk of becoming overweight. A Donor Coordinating Doctor stated a thoughtful sentence during a workshop “Would you be willing to receive an organ if you needed a transplant? Donate your organs after death so it is possible”

The Virtual Donation Challenge is an application aimed at sixteen year old pupils for educational purposes. The school is responsible for giving the students education about lifestyles, different types of exercises and CPR education, I found it most appropriate to link the application to the Physical Education subject or even Natural Science subject. The application is a quiz and the questions are linked to local GPS coordinates which the users have to visit in order to answer the questions about organ donation and how the interdisciplinary processes in the body work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 122 p.
Keyword [en]
Organ donation, family awareness, donation, awareness of each other's wishes on organ donation, family, education, quiz, iPad
National Category
Design Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56395OAI: diva2:534445
External cooperation
Bengt- Åke Henriksson, överläkare och donationsansvarig läkare i Västra Götaland, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset i Göteborg
Subject / course
Degree Project, Interaction Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Interaction Design
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-06-17 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved

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