chapter  23
21 Pages

Design for health

Challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, research methods and recommendations
WithEmmanuel Tsekleves, Rachel Cooper

In terms of public health, health communication adds value in health promotion and disease prevention through enhancing people’s understanding and raising awareness about lifestyle choices. Prototyping is an immensely useful tool for design for health providing opportunities that extend beyond the traditional employment of prototypes as an early proof-of-concept evaluation vehicle. Observations, interviews, focus groups and prototyping have been popular research methods in all four healthcare settings. Co-design has shown value as a means of developing health-related services, products and interventions where the intended recipient of the becomes an active and equal member in the design process. The theme of salutogenic design also emerged, especially in the public healthcare setting and architecture design discipline. Although predominately architecture-focused, salutogenic design also has applications in other design disciplines within public health and ageing well, such as in behaviour and service design.