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Accepting an Assisted Sleep - Addressing Barriers that Influence Engagement with Continuous Positive Air Pressure Therapy through Design.

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dc.contributor.advisor Rodriguez-Ramirez , Edgar
dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Brian
dc.contributor.advisor Fraser, Simon O'Brien, Katie 2018-11-25T22:30:28Z 2018-11-25T22:30:28Z 2018
dc.description.abstract This paper aims to answer the question ‘What are the initial experiences of people who use Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy, and how can design address barriers that influence engagement within the first week of therapy?’ Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a respiratory sleep condition that is characterised by a repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep, causing a lack of oxygen and build up on carbon dioxide within the body. Left untreated, OSA can lead to serious medical conditions that may significantly reduce one’s quality of life and risk early death. The primary treatment for OSA is Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy. This is a machine that pumps pressurised air through a facial mask to keep the airway open during sleep. Even though CPAP is the most effective treatment for OSA, it is known to be burdensome and adherence is problematic. This thesis identifies the barriers that influence CPAP engagement through literature reviews, online surveys, cultural probes, and interviews with manufacturers, clinicians and CPAP users. The barriers identified include first impressions, product-related and social stigma, the ability to troubleshoot issues and the level of support, education and feedback present in the initial stages of therapy. The outputs from this research focus on improving the user experience through design-based interventions. First, packaging solutions that focus on the interaction, the user’s first impressions, display of product information, and ease of assembly of the equipment. Second, a website that addresses education, support, customisation and the ability to troubleshoot issues. Third, customisable aspects that focus on personalisation of the CPAP equipment through 3D knitting processes that develop customised fabric hose covers. Lastly an application that addresses feedback, support and troubleshooting issues. Concepts are assessed against their relevance to the design criteria. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
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dc.subject User Experience en_NZ
dc.subject Medical Design en_NZ
dc.subject Obstructive Sleep Apnea en_NZ
dc.subject Continuous Positive Air Pressure en_NZ
dc.title Accepting an Assisted Sleep - Addressing Barriers that Influence Engagement with Continuous Positive Air Pressure Therapy through Design. en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Design en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Design Innovation en_NZ Industrial Design en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Design Innovation en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2018-11-20T03:17:12Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 111699 Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120302 Design Innovation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120304 Digital and Interaction Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120305 Industrial Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120307 Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 929999 Health not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 3 APPLIED RESEARCH en_NZ

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