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Improving the Visualisation of Renal Blood Test Results to Enhance Patient – Clinician Communication

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Publication date12/04/2017
Host publicationProceedings of EAD 2017
Number of pages12
Original languageEnglish
Event12th European Academy of Design: Design for Next - Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12/04/201714/04/2017
Conference number: 12
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Conference

Conference12th European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period12/04/1714/04/17
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Conference

Conference12th European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period12/04/1714/04/17
Internet address

Abstract

Dialysis patients in the UK usually undergo routine monthly blood tests which support the medical team in assessing their ongoing condition. Based on these results, clinicians then advise the patients on appropriate changes to diet and/or medication to improve their health. Whilst the results of these blood tests can be made available to the patient via an online patient portal, their presentation is primarily numerical. While this style is applicable to medical professionals who are able to interpret such results, it is less accessible to patients, restricting their ability to readily engage with their own results. This research presents a collaborative design approach aimed to produce alternative ways of visualising blood test results that meet both the needs of clinicians and the patient with the aim of enabling patients to be more actively involved in managing their own condition.