The Role of Design in Health Observational Studies


The specialization in "Design for Health and Well-being" has recently emerged in Portugal. This branch aims to bridge different fields, Design, Health, and Well-being. At the moment, we are working to identify what our role as designers is in the area, namely in a Cohort Study in Leiria, with 10 years duration. The present project arose from the cohort study’s necessity to better reach the population. The study’s objective is to monitor the population's health literacy level, through an inquiry-driven by a group of targeted selected interviewers. In this project, designers focused on User-Centered Design and Participatory Design supported by Service Design methodologies, through “Interviews”, “Personas” and “Workshops” with “Service Blueprint”, to grasp cohort studies' common concerns and the best way to tackle them. Understanding this new design approach was challenging. As part of a multidisciplinary team, we found that designers need to be involved in the project from the beginning and that design methodologies assist the organization of observational studies. Resulting, in this particular case, in the development of a set of communication guidelines for the study. In the future, our aim is to validate the role of a Designer specialized in Health and Well-being in this type of study, and further justify their attendance in the early stages of any project, since design methodologies can be applied to aid in multiple fields.

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Daniela F. Marques, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
Constança Netto-Rocha, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

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Conference: ECADE2022
Stream: Interdisciplinary Art and Design Projects

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Marques D., & Netto-Rocha C. (2022) The Role of Design in Health Observational Studies ISSN: 2758-0989 – The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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