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

Pyatt, Charlotte; Sinclair, Matt; Bibb, Richard


Charlotte Pyatt

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 7, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 9, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Dec 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2022
Journal Design for Health
Print ISSN 2473-5132
Electronic ISSN 2473-5140
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 240-260
Keywords probes; personalization; toolkits; co-design; rheumatoid arthritis
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