Possible issue/ problem areas for your thesis project that I have passion for ---- Medical care
What's the context/understanding you have about the issue/problem? 1.Literacy and medical care ----- More than one-third of American adults have only basic or below-basic literacy in health matters, Sometimes they can't even read a label to determine if a product is for a head cold or diarrhea, or administer a proper dose to oneself or a child. 2.Rehabilitation tools and medical care ----- The other day, I came across the article talking about Nintendo Will as a rehabilitation tool. Thanks to the new technology, patients now have better rehabilitation experience than ever before. According to the article, they really enjoy a rehabilitation process playing TV games with a lot of physical motion. This article made me think that I could change the conventional image of rehabilitation tools and make something much more fun.
Identify initial ideas or existing products for addressing this problem by product design. 1.There are so many medical errors that could have been prevented by medical equipments properly designed or better communication between doctors and patients. one of the most careless and common medical errors is that patients take wrong or an over amount of medicines at home due to the unclearness of dose descriptions or explanations from doctors. Especially children, elderly people, non-English speakers tend to have this kind of problem. In the worst case patients die from mixing wrong medicines together or mixing with alcohol. I would like to attack this issue in particular.
- By providing proper rehabilitation tools, patients have a better rehabilitation experience and reduce rehabilitation time with less efforts.
What is the premise/reasoning that makes your solution ideas a viable response to the problem? Since medical care involves product design (medical equipments) to a great extent, there must be the approach to prevent medical errors from a product design side.
Identify who is most affected by your issues. How they will benefit from your thesis idea? 1.Patients especially children, elderly people, non-English speakers. 2.Patients in general
Who I want to interview or collaborate with from those who are affected by the issue your project addressees? Patients, Doctors, NFP
What's your next step? Get as much information as possible on this issue by interviewing and start to think about solutions.