Design strategies for the development of home use medical devices: a study on CPAP devices

Okursoy, Mehmet Erçin
Medical device development and design (MDDD) is one of the sectors with the highest level of safety regulations offering almost risk free products. Actors participating in the development process of these devices (governments, investors, non-governmental organizations, patients, etc.) not only create these highly strict regulations but also define boundaries for the design space in which design strategies are structured. These requirements eliminate suspicions over safety issues and also create a hard shell for product designers disabling the use of possible design strategies regarding user experience. While technological developments create opportunity of moving personal medical devices into daily life, relationship between these medical products and other domestic ones should be constructed skilfully in order to avoid contradictions which can even result with stopping the use of these technologies. Although healthcare mobile apps have become popular and widely used in the last decade, medical devices which are expected to be used by non-professionals have not fully adapted to the daily life yet. The goal of this dissertation is proposing a guidance for design professionals with a set of design strategies that can be employed in the MDDD process. In order to achieve this goal, a field study with 30 participants has been carried out. CPAP device users are selected for the field study because CPAP is one of the widely used home use medical devices manufactured in the Ankara region.The field study is composed of semi-structured interview questions and scales about their experiences referring to their devices and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) . The thesis concludes with a checklist structured on the findings of the field study which includes suggestions as strategies for designers in design and development of home use medical devices.


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Citation Formats
M. E. Okursoy, “Design strategies for the development of home use medical devices: a study on CPAP devices,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.