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Empathic engineering: Helping deliver dignity through design

Hosking, I and Cornish, K and Bradley, M and Clarkson, PJ (2015) Empathic engineering: Helping deliver dignity through design. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 39. pp. 388-394. ISSN 0309-1902

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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: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:42
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 03:14
DOI: 10.3109/03091902.2015.1088090