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A design for a new clubfoot treatment, the parents view

Doorn, E.E. van (2016) A design for a new clubfoot treatment, the parents view.

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Abstract:1 in 1000 babies is born with clubfoot (Ponseti, 2008). Nowadays this handicap is treated with the Ponseti method; in 6 to 8 weeks the deformity is corrected. Each week the foot is manipulated and a cast to secure the new position is applied. This cast goes up to the groin of the baby. With a survey, held among the parents of children with clubfoot, the main problems were mapped. Clothing does not fit, the care of the child is difficult, parents get bad reactions from other people, the cast is heavy and hard which makes hugging less tempting and when the cast is just applied, it is wet and cold which makes the body temperature drop. From these problems scenarios were created which were used to determine requirements for a more user-friendly treatment method. Eight concepts were made to solve the problems and they were presented to the parents. The parents are the focus group and therefore their opinion weighed highly in the concept choice. The chosen concept was detailed in cooperation with Orthin. The final prototype was than shown once again to the parents to get their opinion and they were quite satisfied. The next step will be a usability test.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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