CHI+MED is funded by the EPSRC to research ways to make medical devices safer. Devices are used by people and so we need to look at how they’re used in the real world (cost constraints, busy wards etc) and not just at their hardware and software. Public and stakeholder engagement, ie working with the people who design, market, regulate, buy and use these devices, is therefore embedded in our project.
At an all-CHI+MED meeting earlier in the year a few of us sat down together and drafted an article for The Ergonomist about our public and stakeholder engagement work and how we talk about our research with different groups of people. The article is aimed at ergonomists (obviously!) and hopefully gives them a flavour of how we’ve been using the various tools and resources we’ve created.
The IEHF (Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors) who publish The Ergonomist have been kind enough to make the article available freely online – thanks IEHF! Click the picture or link below to read the article.
Paul Curzon, Jo Brodie, Dominic Furniss, Peter McOwan & Aisling Ann O’Kane (June 2014) Inspiring future ergonomists by mixing microwaves, magic and medicine The Ergonomist