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Wellbeing in healthcare environments: a human-centered design research approach to improving the cancer patient experience during radiation therapy
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Design 4 Health 2011 / [ed] Dr Alaster Yoxall, Sheffield Hallam University, Art & Design Research Centre, 2011, 255-265 p.Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Healthcare and medical products are often designed with the singular focus of providing the best treatment available to patients. However, research has shown that this treatment-based approach does not result in quality care. There are many factors that play into making a healthcare experience patient-centered, and this paper explores the use of human-centered design research to understand this experience. This paper presents a case-study of a Radiotherapy Department at a University Hospital, where we used patient survey, observational, and narrative data to gain awareness into the patient experience during radiation therapy. Our research shows how the current radiotherapy environment is anxiety provoking to the patient, and how insights gained from the written and visual stories of the patients’ experiences were used to develop a design solution that improves the patient view in the treatment room with the intent to make this space more patient-centered and inviting. In conclusion, this paper argues that designing for the patient experience and their emotional wellbeing is a crucial aspect of any healthcare service.

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Sheffield Hallam University, Art & Design Research Centre, 2011. 255-265 p.
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design research methodology, human-centered design, patient experience and healthcare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60421ISBN: 978-1-84387-352-5OAI: diva2:559995
Design 4 Health
Available from: 2012-10-16 Created: 2012-10-11 Last updated: 2012-10-16Bibliographically approved

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