The challenges of implementing design research within SME based medical product development: Paxman scalp cooling case study

Ertu Unver, Jane Clayton, Nic Clear, Omar Huerta, Jonathan Binder, Claire Paxman, Richard Paxman

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Abstract

This case study examines a long-term study on patient experience to identify value generated through collaborative medical design research, in developing a scalp cooling device to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA)/hair-loss. Developing a new medical device is long and complex, requiring a cross-platform multi-disciplinary team. User feedback is essential to ensure continuous development to improve efficacy. Qualitative and quantitative data was gathered from chemotherapy patients using scalp cooling in 9 different countries. Analysis of patient experience captures the impact design research has had for scalp cooling patients globally and guides continuous development, placing the patient at the centre of the design method, driven primarily by the aim of maximizing treatment efficacy for all patients and promoting positive patient experiences. Overall, patient experience of scalp cooling using this device is highly positive and impacts significantly on five key areas of wellbeing. The outcomes will help develop an improved cap for global use.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalDesign for Health
Early online date26 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2022

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