Thinking through design and rehabilitation

CRAIG, Claire, GWILT, Ian, LANGLEY, Joe and PARTRIDGE, Rebecca (2013). Thinking through design and rehabilitation. In: ENCARNAÇÃO, Pedro, AZEVEDO, Luís, GELDERBLOM, Gert Jan, NEWELL, Alan and MATHIASSEN, Niels-Erik, (eds.) Assistive technology : from research to practice. AAATE 2013. Assistive Technology Research Series (33). IOS Press, 798-803.

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Official URL: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-304-9-798


The initiative described in this paper explores how the concept of ‘design thinking’ can be introduced to people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) as a route to improved independence, resourcefulness and personal control. The underpinning premise of the study is that design thinking offers a kind of resourcefulness and the ability to think laterally about problems. The overall aim of this study was to investigate what design thinking might offer to people living with a spinal cord injury. In a controlled healthcare environment design thinking strategies were introduced as a way of supporting self-efficacy and cognition of perceived manageability, which has been shown to be positively associated with constructive health behaviour and adjustment to life changes, including a spinal cord injury (Bandura, 2004. Cicerone, Azulay, 2007. Dohnke, et al, 2007. Hampton, 2004). Potential intended outcomes were driven by the ideas that by introducing the concept of design thinking to people with SCI it would help build self-efficacy and offer people the confidence to make positive changes in the context of their own lives, experience and self-esteem. Two of the main factors in developing self-efficacy being experience in overcoming obstacles and persevering to obtain a goal, and observing peers succeed in a similar way (Bandura, 2004. Dohnke, et al, 2007). This paper presents work undertaken by the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a project relating to Design & Rehabilitation, an initiative instigated and co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Art (RSA).

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Claire Craig
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 14:02
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