Project Title

Co-designing smart health technologies with patients and publics: a meta-narrative review

About the Project

This research project is being carried out as part of my Master’s thesis at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

The review will take an in-depth look at how different research traditions, from computer science to critical health studies, have conceptualized the value of patient and public involvement in the design of smart health technologies, and how those conceptualizations impact upon design goals and practices.

The Team

Joseph Donia, BA
Jay Shaw, PT, PhD
Alex Jadad, MD, PhD
Paula Rowland, PhD
Marina Englesakis, MLIS

The Methodology

This review will take a meta-narrative approach. Meta-narrative review is rooted in a constructivist philosophy of science and aims to clarify a topic which crosses many different research traditions. By comparing how different research traditions have approached the topic over time (e.g. research questions, study designs), an overarching narrative can be developed which illuminates the topic from a variety of perspectives.

The Goal

By clarifying how co-design is variously conceptualized and implemented, this study will identify the opportunities and limits of co-design, and in particular, will enable designers, health care decision-makers, and patients alike to make more informed choices about when and how patients, caregivers, and publics should be involved in co-design projects.

Project Status

This project is currently in the synthesis stage.

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