Co-designing for care: craft and wearable wellbeing

Kent, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9741-4335 and Bush, P., 2017. Co-designing for care: craft and wearable wellbeing. In: R. Lynch and C. Farrington, eds., Quantified lives and vital data: exploring health and technology through personal medical devices. Health, technology and society . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 251-280. ISBN 9781349952342

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This chapter examines the design of wearable medical devices. Design is understood to be a process and output that concerns the form, function and the meaning of the designed object. However, participation in the design process by users can actively influence the output. Involvement in the co-creation of personal medical devices (PMDs) contributes towards patients’ wellbeing and increases their adherence to device usage. The chapter takes a case study approach to the design of orthotics in which patients are involved as co-designers, considering the solutions crafted by traditional and digital technologies within the framework of a biopsychosocial model of healthcare. The chapter concludes with insights into the benefits to patients and healthcare services from orthotics conceived and worn as desirable objects.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Kent, A. and Bush, P.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: Basingstoke
Date: 8 December 2017
ISBN: 9781349952342
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 Jan 2018 15:26
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:11

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