Vol 6, No 3 (2021)

Collaborating for Better Health


From the Editor

COVID-19 turned our world upside down and exposed our frailty as a species. Nevertheless, we have never been stronger, more innovative, and more united. We are in this together and many people are giving their all to make it better.


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity to transform what has been historically termed “human subjects” in clinical research. This editorial advocates patient involvement in all phases of co-developing clinical research design and suggests every clinical trialist ask themselves three key questions before starting their next research project.
Engaging and sustaining equitable collaboration between researchers and other stakeholders can prove challenging. This editorial proposes a framework for reimagining research as an inherently collective and collaborative effort.

Case Study

A shared space for families in a children's hospital

Oriol Ventura Rodà, Elena Bartomeu Magaña
This article presents a research and design project undertaken to develop a shared space for families and healthcare professionals in a children’s hospital. The design team conceived the Minimum Viable Prototype Lab, a participatory design workshop used to design an Acoustic Cabin and a Proximity Room.

Design Insight

Development of a PPE visor for female healthcare workers

Gabriella Jones, Francesco Luke Siena, Matthew Watkins, Philip Breedon
While the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has increased dramatically due to COVID-19, the lack of PPE designed specifically for women is leaving many without adequate protection. Users experience discomfort, incompatibility with other wearable items, and adjustment difficulties. This paper explores the design thinking approach use to develop a PPE visor for female healthcare workers while following a user-centred design methodology.

Postable peak flow meters: Improving remote patient monitoring from the home

Erin Garvey, James Shipley, Francesco Luke Siena, Paul Watts, Matthew Watkins
Telehealth has become key to providing healthcare services amidst the ongoing global pandemic. For patients with respiratory diseases, data need to be collected over a sustained time period. This article presents the user-centred design approach undertaken by a multidisciplinary design team to develop a postable modular peak flow meter.

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