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Empathic engineering: helping deliver dignity through design.

Hosking, I and Cornish, K and Bradley, M and Clarkson, PJ (2014) Empathic engineering: helping deliver dignity through design. J Med Eng Technol, 39. pp. 388-394.

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Dignity is a key value within healthcare. Technology is also recognized as being a fundamental part of healthcare delivery, but also a potential cause of dehumanization of the patient. Therefore, understanding how medical devices can be designed to help deliver dignity is important. This paper explores the role of empathy tools as a way of engendering empathy in engineers and designers to enable them to design for dignity. A framework is proposed that makes the link between empathy tools and outcomes of feelings of dignity. It represents a broad systems view that provides a structure for reviewing the evidence for the efficacy of empathy tools and also how dignity can be systematically understood for particular medical devices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design dignity empathy engineering tools Biomedical Technology Empathy Equipment Design Equipment and Supplies Humans Personhood Self-Help Devices United Kingdom
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:42
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:05