POSITION PAPER: ON DESIGN RESEARCH ENGAGING WITH HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Editor: Marjanović D., Štorga M., Škec S., Bojčetić N., Pavković N.
Author: Lamé, Guillaume
Section: SOCIOTECHNICAL ISSUES IN DESIGN
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0164
This position paper intends to trigger a debate on the engagement of the design research community with healthcare systems. We analyse the specificities of healthcare systems design and of healthcare organisations. We discuss the focus on evaluation and the evidence-based paradigm in healthcare, and argue that design research currently is ill-prepared to meet such expectations. Dedicated research attention in healthcare seems necessary to bridge this gap. It could enrich design research through multidisciplinary collaborations, and enable design to make a precious contribution to healthcare.
Keywords: healthcare design, design research, multi-/cross-/trans-disciplinary approaches