Best Poster Societal Impact: Power to the Patient
The project by Kim Boltjes (MSc DfI/Medisign graduation project faculty IDE, TU Delft) is titled ‘Power to the Patient: A Co-Created Design Towards Emotionally-Safe Pediatric Hospitalization’ and aims to contribute to an emotionally-safe, i.e. comfortable and trauma-free hospitalization experience for children, by fostering resilience and empowering children during their short (3-7 days) stay in the hospital.
Kim explains to us what her research entails; ‘Hospitalization can be emotionally threatening and traumatizing for children. In my research, I realized that children face multiple challenges, both related to the medical procedures they have to undergo and the unfamiliar setting they are in. They find themselves in an environment and routine that is completely different from their normal day-to-day lives, missing peer-interactions and playful experiences. A positive emotional state helps children manage stress and anxiety, and fosters resilience to cope with the challenges. Therefore, I designed ‘Hideaway’, a narrative interactive game play intervention, integrating peer-contact, social play, connection with familiar environments and friends, and child-friendly coping tips.’
The title ‘Power to the Patient’ not only refers to (the effect of) the final design, but also reflects the participatory design approach of the project. Observations, conversations and co-design with children and professionals within hospitals and beyond have contributed to understanding the context and current experiences, ultimately coming up with a design that responds to the needs and desires of children.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Stichting Hospital Hero and in-context research took place within the Willem-Alexander Kinderziekenhuis (LUMC) and Juliana Kinderziekenhuis (Haga Ziekenhuis).
Read the full thesis via this link.