Converging on bladder health through design thinking: From an ecology of influence to a focused set of research questions

Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium

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Abstract

Lower urinary tract symptoms affect a substantial number of women in the United States (U.S.) and globally. In 2015, the Prevention of Lower Urinary tract Symptoms in women (PLUS) Research Consortium was funded to establish the scientific basis for prevention efforts by (1) understanding healthy bladder function and (2) identifying risk and protective factors for bladder health in women across the lifecourse. This transdisciplinary consortium generated a list of over 600 candidate risk and protective factors for bladder health in women and girls and refined and prioritized these into 29 focused research questions to inform a national longitudinal observational study in the U.S. This paper describes that process using design thinking, a human-centered set of principles and strategies by which innovations are developed, as a framework. Design thinking is an iterative process consisting of five stages: Empathizing with end-users of innovations, Defining core principles girding the work, Ideation of all possible solutions, and rapid-cycle Prototyping and Testing of solutions. Lessons learned are offered to inform future prevention science research endeavors that might benefit from such an approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4340
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2020

Keywords

  • Bladder health
  • Design thinking
  • Lower urinary tract symptom
  • Prevention
  • Public health
  • Research question development
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Women

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

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