Our Methods

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

The effective introduction of new precision design and engineering technologies into healthcare requires:

- the careful consideration of the views of multiple stakeholders,

- identification of numerous factors to address and

- a structured approach that avoids building on assumptions.

Design research methods are suited to the exploration of such complex situations.

We began the Co-Meddi project using the well known, Double Diamond method. This is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -recognised method for the application of design to healthcare challenges. The first set of exchange visits highlighted flaws in using this method alone; more structure was required to synthesis the huge volumes of data and complex interacting factors that affect new technology introduction. We have therefore started to use the Design Research Methodology (DRM).

These methods are discussed in this poster, which was presented at the 29th Scientific Congress of the Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists, Swansea, UK, September 2019.

The DRM reference model identifies key factors that will influence the design and implementation of a 3d service in an Indian hospital context that improves the outcomes for patients presenting with facial deformities. The model is now being used to establish a research agenda to increase the impact and sustainability of the service.

Download the poster from our Resources Page.

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