Makers in Healthcare: The Role of Occupational Therapists in the Design of DIY Assistive Technology

Karin Slegers, Kristel Kouwenberg, Tereza Loučova, Ramon Daniels

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Abstract

Advancements in personal fabrication technologies (e.g. 3D printing) resulted in a rising interest in 'do-it-yourself assistive technology' (DIY AT). Clinical knowledge is considered fundamental for DIY AT design, but research into making DIY AT by clinicians is limited. In this paper, we explore occupational therapists' attitudes towards 3D printing both before and after gaining hands-on experience with 3D modelling software. In addition, as clinicians indicate to prefer collaborations with experienced designers, we organized a codesign study with occupational therapists and professional designers to conceptualize a feasible collaborative DIY-AT design process. The results of our studies show an overall enthusiasm of occupational therapists towards 3D printing, but the perceived impact of 3D printing on their job performance decreased after gaining hands-on experience. Collaborating with designers seems a viable way forward. We propose a model for a collaborative design process, highlighting different phases and the roles that occupational therapists and designers play.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020

Conference

ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period25/04/2030/04/20

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