- Antwerp Surgical Training, Anatomy and Research Centre (ASTARC)
- Social Epidemiology & Health Policy (SEHPO)
Simulation training for laparoscopic urology Varicoceles and pubertal development Porn induced sexual dysfuctions Transition and congenital lifelong urology
A roadmap to smart, reusable and qualitative healthcare (reCURE)
AbstractThe overall goal of reCURE is to provide suppliers of non-invasive medical textiles, with tools to successfully transition from disposable to reusable alternatives in the complex value chain of the healthcare sector. The actions in the project therefore focus on supporting the industrial value chain to effectively redesign and introduce their innovative reusable textile products for the healthcare sector, taking into account the strict requirements regarding safety, hygiene, sterility and accuracy as well as acceptance by medical staff and patients. Knowledge regarding the integration of functional textile properties and intelligence (UGent) and product acceptance (UAntwerpen) will be validated in relevant example cases. The results will be worked out in a roadmap to support the target group with the necessary knowledge to develop their products in such a way that their reusable character will be accepted by the care sector. In this way the desirability and acceptance of reuse is addressed. In addition, the focus is also on the possibility of further optimizing the reusable products in terms of functionality and intelligence, which is usually not feasible for disposable products that are mainly focused on price. This project has 2 target groups: the industrial suppliers in the value chain (material and textile producers, re-processors (cleaning, maintenance, repair, sterilization...), machine builders and recyclers) and the users from the healthcare sector.
- Research Project
Personalized urotherapy at home to improve the care pathway of children with Lower Urinary Tract (LUT) dysfunctions.
AbstractThe products and services supporting urotherapy play a crucial role in the effectiveness of therapy. The traditional urotherapy products are often paper-based solutions and the little technology used, can be perceived as outdated. For example, traditional paper-based bladder diaries are described by patients as cumbersome and inconvenient, resulting in low patient compliance. Several innovations have been introduced to overcome these obstacles, such as digital bladder diaries and a urotherapy gaming application. However, all had limited or no effect. A potential reason is the design methodology behind these innovations, which focuses on scientific evidence to make sure the design complies with evidencebased guidelines. In contrast, user needs are not or insufficiently investigated during the design process, resulting in innovations that do not fulfill users' expectations. We believe the design of effective healthcare innovations requires a new approach that combines objective knowledge (Evidence Based Design) with subjective user experience (User Experience Design). It is our hypothesis that the combination of both design methodologies will lead to stronger design propositions, enhancing treatment outcomes and patient experience. In this research project we will investigate the impact of this integrated approach by applying it to the design of an ecosystem of interlinked products and services to offer personalized urotherapy at home.
- Research Project