Health Psychology: Tools and Methods

When doing design research designers often come across psychological topics. Especially in healthcare related projects, designers can touch upon psychological topics such as motivation during rehabilitation, coping with stressful situations (decision for surgery), and medication adherence. Yet validated psychological methods (including questionnaires, patient-reported outcome measures, and experience measures) and models are not commonly embedded in the design process. Using validated questionnaires will help designers to execute high quality research and improve the reliability of their outcomes. Furthermore, knowledge of psychological models will help designers understand which psychological factors influence behavior and will inspire and guide them in their design process.

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