• Possible issue for my thises project

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    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.

    1. 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.

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    Shintaro,

    Good work identifying a very important problem that could be addressed through design of better products. Yesterday's New York Times has an article about the increasing use of color-coded wrist bands to alert medical workers about specific problems that their patients have. How can you develop your product concept so that you address some of the problems that health care workers face in trying to avoid making mistakes that can have life or death consequences?

    See article

    Steven

  • Hi Steven

    Thank you for your response. The article you attached was relly inspiring to me. Color coding system is actualy one of the most promissing design ideas that I have so far, since my thesis project is adressing patients with lmited English literacy. Colors sometimes speak more than languages do in the circumstance like this. However, after reading this article, I reallized that things are not as easy as I though. There are a lot of things that I have to take into a consideration. One of the things I noticed is that I have to deal with the mental aspects of medical care as well as physical aspects of it. As the artice says, some of patients refuse to wear those wrist bands because they are embassased to put on them . They don't want others to know what types of health conditions they have which is really private matters to them. "Being labeled by colors" somewhat makes them to feel like they are treated like objects. There is no respect for patient's dignity. For my thesis project, I want to pay a speciall attention to this sensitive matter as well.


  • Hi Steven

    Thank you for your response. The article you attached was relly inspiring to me. Color coding system is actualy one of the most promissing design ideas that I have so far, since my thesis project is adressing patients with lmited English literacy. Colors sometimes speak more than languages do in the circumstance like this. However, after reading this article, I reallized that things are not as easy as I though. There are a lot of things that I have to take into a consideration. One of the things I noticed is that I have to deal with the mental aspects of medical care as well as physical aspects of it. As the artice says, some of patients refuse to wear those wrist bands because they are embassased to put on them . They don't want others to know what types of health conditions they have which is really private matters to them. "Being labeled by colors" somewhat makes them to feel like they are treated like objects. There is no respect for patient's dignity. For my thesis project, I want to pay a speciall attention to this sensitive matter as well.

    Shintaro Monden


  • Shintaro, you have hit the nail on the head, I think. The problem with the color coded wrist bands is a psychological one. It does treat the patient like an object. But, the reason why the wrist bands work is that they are so obvious and visible that doctors and nurses cannot fail to see it (whether they know how to interpret its meaning is another question). So, how do we create a balance between communicating this important information without adding to a patient feeling like they are not being treated like a person. Do you have any ideas? I am hoping that, in your product, it will be possible to encode more information than the color-coded bracelet can. In modern medicine, there are many different situations that may need to be communicated about a patient. How can this be done in a way that communicates vital data clearly and rapidly an emergency, and protects the patient's privacy and dignity? This is a challenging problem, and my guess is that you should start speaking to people who deal with this question from a number of perspectives, both medical professionals and patients.
    steven

  • Hi Shintaro

    I really like your topic and I also feel same thing when I had to go hospital or those facility. I think the topic is definietly connected to practical issue same as my issue. But as we talked about our topic the other day, the point at this is the communication I think. One thing I am always wondering is the product design as a solution of those problem should be just affective between physical solution and patient, for example, patient has a difficulty to understand what medicine they should take, and the solution is just put a communicatable label on it?? Or more than that...?

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