Co-producing novel wound care products for Epidermolysis bullosa; an empirical case study of the use of surrogates in the design and prototype development process

Patricia Grocott, Rebecca Blackwell, Conchita Currie, Elizabeth Pillay, Glenn Robert

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Abstract

The Woundcare for Epidermolysis bullosa (WEB) project aims to enable people with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), their carers and clinicians to co-produce wound care products to meet their needs. EB is an inherited disorder causing extensive, painful skin blistering and wounds. It is relatively rare, with approximately 300 000 patients worldwide, but it incurs high costs (up to £50 000 per month on products alone). During the course of four workshops, adults with EB, their carers and specialist nurses gave detailed accounts of their experiences with pre-sized, pre-shaped dressings, including the need to patchwork individual dressings over large areas of broken skin. Five themes were identified from the workshop data relating to the limitations of existing products for EB wounds: dressing fit, stability, comfort, temperature and exudate. Novel designs were generated from these themes and although the intention was to develop the designs iteratively with the workshop participants, issues arose necessitating the interim use of surrogates. Our account of the design process is given, presenting the arguments for and against the use of surrogates, with suggestions for incorporating surrogate input into product development in a way that does not undermine the integrity of patient experiences or the co-production process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Co-production
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • Novel wound dressing retention garment
  • Surrogates
  • User experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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