Health & Patient Safety Research Lab
How can designers work with patients and medical professionals to meet healthcare challenges for the 21st century?
The Health & Patient Safety Research Lab investigates effective, systems-based design solutions to current and future healthcare challenges. We carry out research with patients and clinicians, and collaborate through the processes of co-design and evaluation, working with industry partners to help to bring ideas to commercial reality.
Current research questions
- What is the form of a healthcare system that sustainably and affordably provides the highest levels of clinical effectiveness, patient experience and safety?
- What are the types and sources of medical error, where do they occur and how can they be prioritised and understood in order to reduce their impact through design?
- What role can design of products, systems and campaigns play in addressing current and anticipated healthcare challenges, such as the ageing demographic, overstretched healthcare budgets, emerging but expensive treatment technologies, and increasing prevalence of obesity, diabetes and dementia, whilst championing safety, dignity and the patient experience?
- What are the human factors beyond research that influence the successful adoption of healthcare design solutions?