Design for Multi-Dimensional Stages of Lymphoedema Self-Management
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This study investigates the experience of people with the chronic medical condition lymphoedema, to inform the design of new products. Articles from literature that describe lived lymphoedema experiences are thematically synthesised from a behavioural lens. People with lymphoedema go through stages toward achieving levels of expertise, motivation and routine, to maintain effective self-management in the long-term. A preliminary framework is proposed that presents four themes (competence, autonomy, daily routine and socio-psychological) and their stages. The purpose of the framework is to assist designers in understanding how people with lymphoedema experience self-management. Focusing on facilitating a transition through these multi-dimensional stages is suggested as a means to aid the design of supportive health products. Related design implementations are discussed through product examples. This framework is developed as part of a wider research project, where the following stages will be concerned with refinement of the framework through primary research with people with lymphoedema and their healthcare providers.
Design Research Society 2018;
Kopanoglu, T., Eggbeer, D. & Walters, A. (2018) 'Design for Multi-Dimensional Stages of Lymphoedema Self-Management', Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018: Design as a Catalyst for Change.International Conference 25 - 28 June 2018, Limerick, Ireland. Volume 6, pp 2459-2473
This paper was published in the Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018 Design as a Catalyst for Change, available at http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/proceedings
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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