Vol 8, No 2 (2023)

Toward Better Health Care



When considering designs, we need to take into account the entire experience ecosystem and how its elements align and intersect. By approaching design through a systems perspective, we can create better solutions that better fit the needs of system stakeholders.
While individual practitioners cannot reduce the burdens of working in an increasingly bureaucratic healthcare system, they can improve the patient experience. How physicians meet, greet and seat patients can have a tremendous impact.


Graduating medical students are anxious about prescribing medication. This study tested a learning tool designed to assess students' confidence in prescribing. The results suggest more emphasis on prescribing and pharmacology teaching in the clinical years of the medical curriculum is needed.
This study assessed whether personal fear of death may influence health professionals’ attitudes to caring for dying patients. The results suggest higher levels of anxiety about the death and dying of others were associated with discomfort starting discussions about end-of-life care, and that the belief that providing all treatment options should be prioritised over patient discomfort.


A rapid review of quality of health information on TikTok

Georgia Hill, Aaron Manuell, Annabelle Willemsen
TikTok has become an immensely popular platform globally where users share information, ideas, and personal guidance on many topics, including health-related information. This rapid review analyses the quality of health-related content on TikTok.

Design Insight

Design and optimization of praxis care tools

Carla Langella, Salvatore Carleo, De Luca Marianna
Speech therapy is among the branches less explored by design. This article illustrates role of design in speech therapy research to improve in-presence speech training for praxis care.

Design of a portable device to improve confidence, stability, and sanitation during toilet self-transfers

Emily Furstenberg, Linda Blake Rivas, Sara Belko, Robert Pugliese, Bon Ku, Morgan Hutchinson
Many wheelchair users feel unsafe performing toilet transfers, especially in public spaces, because existing transfer products do not meet users’ needs. Researchers created a weight-bearing prototype (the Grip 'N Go) and refined the design based on data from user surveys used to validate their concept.


Diagnosing Myasthenia Gravis Using the FPD Approach

Siri Tummala, Frederic Nha Nguyen
This is an infographic for diagnosing myasthenia graves.

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