A Novel User-Centred Framework for the Holistic Design of Therapeutic Medical Devices

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Edward Abela, Philip Farrugia, Maria Victoria Gauci, Pierre Vella, Glenn Cassar, Emanuel Balzan
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Malta, Malta
Section: Design for Healthcare
Page(s): 1199-1208
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.122
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Numerous and complex sequence of activities in medical device development often result in time consuming and expensive engineering processes. In this study, patient and designer requirements were identified and integrated within a novel framework which supports medical device design through a consolidated understanding of user-experience whilst directly coalescing the applicable regulatory requirements in terms of product compliance and certification. This assists in the development of safe and reliable products which reflect the need for increased usability considerations during design.

Keywords: user-centred design, product design, user experience, biomedical design

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