Addressing the challenges of patient-centred design

Karen Ryan, Karen L LaBat

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Patient-centred design is a relatively new term, but a long standing concept in clinical practice. This discussion looks at patient-centred design and explores the relationships of patient-centred design to universal design, user-centred design and the newer human-centred design. It also explores why interdisciplinary approaches are needed for patient-centred design and how interdisciplinary collaboration works to address the challenges of patientcentred design. Successful patient-centred solutions can grow from collaborations which include shared visions, understanding of both the nature and degree of variation in the patient, materials, and the designed solution, clear regular communication among all parties with careful definition of terms, and respect for the inherent cultures of all disciplines involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2009


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