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Introducing Self-administration of Medication in Patients with Progressive Illness: Using AAC in the design and development of a service interface design

Research Stream
  • Lisa-Dionne Morris
  • Ronal Wong
  • Nick Holland
  • Alex Johnson
  • Anthony Llewellyn

The delivery of self-administration of medication to patients is becoming an integral element of health care practise in the UK Primary Care Trusts and in many other care situations in addition. Self-administration within the home is often unachievable for most patients with current application for drug dispensing.

In this project we have considered how we can: monitor patient understanding of the operational procedures through attaching learning exercises to the delivery of information; monitor how patients perform in these exercises; provide a flexible means of delivery of the learning materials and exercises through receptive and expressive symbolism. This research aim is to explore approaches for supporting independent living through the design of operational user interfaces that mirror the real-life processes of operational procedure associated with self-administration of medication.

The solution that has been developed is a self-administration of medication digital resource which can be accessed via any digital system. The resource incorporates a variety of media (text, audio and video), and enables the standardisation of self-administration of medication information and the auditing of patient participation.

The design process included the Repeating Waterfall Model from Exploring Interface Design Silver (2005) a generic iterative prototyping process. Patients have been consulted at all stages in the development of the project and have endorsed the co-created learning outcomes.  

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