A new perspective on the design of pressure relief cushions for those with spinal injuries

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dc.contributor.author Lance, Philip Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-30T13:30:34Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-30T13:30:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-30T13:30:34Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10239/161
dc.description DPhil Thesis en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study is to develop new insights which pressure relief (PR) cushion designers can use to guide the design of new cushions with greater efficacy at preventing pressure ulcers than contemporary cushions. A methodological framework was formulated which incorporated a number of research techniques from the user-centred methodology USERfit, and included methodological triangulation. Exploratory interviews and observational work were conducted in a specialist unit for spinal cord injury (SCI). This involved ten patients, four physiotherapists, two nurses and an outpatient technician. Additionally, two questionnaires were designed and circulated amongst SCI patients and staff with completed responses from 41 patients and 31 staff. From the analyses of the data gathered from the literature, observational work, interviews and questionnaire responses, 28 recommendations for cushion design were formulated. These recommendations covered the principles which underpin cushion design, cushion usability and the future direction of cushion design. en
dc.description.sponsorship School of Design & Craft, Faculty of Design, Media and Management, Buckinghamshire New University en
dc.subject pressure ulcers en
dc.subject pressure relief cushion en
dc.subject USERfit methodology en
dc.subject spinal cord injuries en
dc.title A new perspective on the design of pressure relief cushions for those with spinal injuries en
dc.type DPhil Thesis en

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