Participatory design with surgeons to enhance effectiveness of surgery tools – PhD

Surgical clamp

The importance of user participation in design of medical instruments has been discussed over the rich idealism of participatory design and innovations in medical equipment. These participators typically involved user-manufacturer interactions but third parties were substantial contributors to the  product development process (Biemans 1991). Saiful believes that industrial designers’ participation is significant because their presence in such collaborations will offer the ability to imagine new scenarios and create practical environments of  experience by producing experimental artifacts, a valuable aid to identify ideas that merit investigation (Rust 2004). Here, surgeons are positioned as the main user however attention also must be put on patient and other stakeholders.

Self Retaining Anal Speculum

Through 3 collaborative projects with surgeons and groups of medical experts,

  • Self Examination of Smear Test – Prevention of the Cervix Cancer (Grant project with medical team in Malaysia)
  • Redesigning of Rectal Clamp (designer-surgeon project)
  • SRAS. Self Retaining Anal Speculum – on going project.

Saiful will investigate the engagement and role of the industrial designer in development of surgical tools using participatory design methods in this work. The study aim is to develop a model of participatory design with surgeons, to support design of surgery tools that will enhance their effectiveness. The main question is to what extent will participatory design enhance the effectiveness and design development of surgical tools?

Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University,
Furnival Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU
Phone 0114 225 6753 | Fax 0114 225 6931