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'Samen Sterk': The design choices for a tool that represents non-numeric information for patients after an open heart surgery

Verhoeven, G.A.G. (2021) 'Samen Sterk': The design choices for a tool that represents non-numeric information for patients after an open heart surgery.

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Abstract:This thesis contributes to a solution for two problems: a design problem and a case problem. The design problem concerns the visualisation of non-numeric information such as short texts describing people’s experiences. How to represent such information in a way that is clear and nuanced? This question is explored by developing a solution for such an information representation problem in practice. This case concerns the expression of worries that open heart surgery patients experience during their recovery period. A concept application was developed that essentially answers the question ‘Is this normal?’ about hindrances that patients experience while recovering. After submitting their own hindrances and experiences, patients see how many others have similar hindrances and they can read experiences of others. Seeing that other patients have similar issues can reassure their worries. It can also give them incentive to contact the doctor. Regarding the design contribution, 26 design questions were found and investigated during the case’s design process. A card set, the Info Fish, was made with each question and its possible answers. These cards could be useful for other designers that want to visualise non-numeric data in a clear and nuanced way in other cases.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Games for Health, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:20 art studies, 44 medicine, 54 computer science, 71 sociology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86309
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