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Co-creation and user perspectives for upper limb prosthetics

Co-creation and user perspectives for upper limb prosthetics
Co-creation and user perspectives for upper limb prosthetics
People who either use an upper limb prosthesis and/or have used services provided by a prosthetic rehabilitation centre, experience limitations of currently available prosthetic devices. Collaboration between academia and a broad range of stakeholders, can lead to the development of solutions that address peoples' needs. By doing so, the rate of prosthetic device abandonment can decrease. Co-creation is an approach that can enable collaboration of this nature to occur throughout the research process. We present findings of a co-creation project that gained user perspectives from a user survey, and a subsequent workshop involving: people who use an upper limb prosthesis and/or have experienced care services (users), academics, industry experts, charity executives, and clinicians. The survey invited users to prioritise six themes, which academia, clinicians, and industry should focus on over the next decade. The prioritisation of the themes concluded in the following order, with the first as the most important: function, psychology, aesthetics, clinical service, collaboration, and media. Within five multi-stakeholder groups, the workshop participants discussed challenges and collaborative opportunities for each theme. Workshop groups prioritised the themes based on their discussions, to highlight opportunities for further development. Two groups chose function, one group chose clinical service, one group chose collaboration, and another group chose media. The identified opportunities are presented within the context of the prioritised themes, including the importance of transparent information flow between all stakeholders; user involvement throughout research studies; and routes to informing healthcare policy through collaboration. As the field of upper limb prosthetics moves toward in-home research, we present co-creation as an approach that can facilitate user involvement throughout the duration of such studies.
co-creation, collaboration, stakeholders, upper limb prosthetics, user-centred approach
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Jones, Hannah, Dupan, Sigrid, Dyson, Matthew, Krasoulis, Agamemnon, Kenney, Laurence P. J., Donovan-hall, Margaret, Memarzadeh, Kaveh, Day, Sarah, Coutinho, Maxford and Nazarpour, Kianoush (2021) Co-creation and user perspectives for upper limb prosthetics. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 15, [689717]. (doi:10.3389/fnbot.2021.689717).

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Abstract

People who either use an upper limb prosthesis and/or have used services provided by a prosthetic rehabilitation centre, experience limitations of currently available prosthetic devices. Collaboration between academia and a broad range of stakeholders, can lead to the development of solutions that address peoples' needs. By doing so, the rate of prosthetic device abandonment can decrease. Co-creation is an approach that can enable collaboration of this nature to occur throughout the research process. We present findings of a co-creation project that gained user perspectives from a user survey, and a subsequent workshop involving: people who use an upper limb prosthesis and/or have experienced care services (users), academics, industry experts, charity executives, and clinicians. The survey invited users to prioritise six themes, which academia, clinicians, and industry should focus on over the next decade. The prioritisation of the themes concluded in the following order, with the first as the most important: function, psychology, aesthetics, clinical service, collaboration, and media. Within five multi-stakeholder groups, the workshop participants discussed challenges and collaborative opportunities for each theme. Workshop groups prioritised the themes based on their discussions, to highlight opportunities for further development. Two groups chose function, one group chose clinical service, one group chose collaboration, and another group chose media. The identified opportunities are presented within the context of the prioritised themes, including the importance of transparent information flow between all stakeholders; user involvement throughout research studies; and routes to informing healthcare policy through collaboration. As the field of upper limb prosthetics moves toward in-home research, we present co-creation as an approach that can facilitate user involvement throughout the duration of such studies.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 June 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 July 2021
Keywords: co-creation, collaboration, stakeholders, upper limb prosthetics, user-centred approach

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Local EPrints ID: 450481
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450481
PURE UUID: 25011f72-2f4f-4a6f-ab93-3aefab714b21

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2021 16:32
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 21:43

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Author: Hannah Jones
Author: Sigrid Dupan
Author: Matthew Dyson
Author: Agamemnon Krasoulis
Author: Laurence P. J. Kenney
Author: Kaveh Memarzadeh
Author: Sarah Day
Author: Maxford Coutinho
Author: Kianoush Nazarpour

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